Crystal Palace drew 2-2 after being pegged back twice against Everton on Saturday but Oumar Niasse’s dive in the opening few minutes of the game is the only thing most people were talking about after the final whistle sounded.
After taking the lead in the second minute of the game through James McArthur, Palace were dragged back to parity by a Leighton Baines penalty after the aforementioned Niasse conned referee Anthony Taylor into pointing towards the spot.
Whilst plenty of people are quick to jump on any fan who blames a refereeing decision for missing out on a victory, I can’t help but feel as though Taylor’s huge error probably cost us two points today, given the shift in momentum it brought about so early in the game.
Sitting at the very foot of the Premier League table, the boost our players will have had when scoring after roughly 90 seconds cannot be easily quantified; only for it all to be taken away moments later when on the receiving end of an incorrect penalty call.
So clear was Taylor’s mistake, that countless sporting pundits ripped into him immediately, not that it makes the slightest bit of difference to us now that the game is over. Of course, the mix up between Julian Speroni and Scott Dann which gifted Everton their second equaliser of the day on the stroke of half-time had a huge impact too but on a day when three points would have made a monumental difference to us, it’s difficult to look back on the penalty without feeling a sense of immense injustice.
A loss would have been disastrous, a draw, whilst not good enough given our current plight, is just about tolerable but given the circumstances in which we got it, Palace fans everywhere are likely to feel a tad hard done by yet again.