Having played extremely well and failed to win against the likes of West Ham, Tottenham and Everton in recent weeks, the sight of Mamadou Sakho bagging a stoppage time winner against Stoke City on Saturday lifted a gigantic weight off everyone’s shoulders, with the video attached just below capturing the emotion of the moment perfectly.
Whilst the afternoon had looked to be destined to end in frustration when the imperious Xherdan Shaqiri fired the Potters into an early second-half lead, Roy Hodgson’s men fought back immediately with a leveler from the always impressive Ruben Loftus-Cheek, setting us up for a barnstorming finish and the mad scenes which greeted Sakho’s late strike.
Still sitting on the bottom of the Premier League table, it may not look as though we’re making much progress to the casual observer but we have now strung together a run of five games without defeat at Selhurst Park and scored twice in four consecutive Premier League home games for the first time in our history, proving beyond any doubt that Hodgson and his coaching staff have made a massive difference to the squad since arriving in September.
Although there is still a great deal more hard work to be done before we can start holding serious hope of avoiding the drop, Palace fans everywhere can take hope from the improvement in performances and form that have followed our 2-1 triumph over Chelsea back in mid-October. With eight points won at home since then, we now need to focus on making strides away from SE25, where we’re still without a single point or even a goal to show for our efforts this term.
It goes without saying that tomorrow night’s visit to face Brighton at The Amex Stadium would be the perfect occasion to turn our dismal away record around and with the players sure to be buzzing after such a morale-boosting victory, I certainly wouldn’t write off our chances of securing another three points. Who knows? Maybe Mamadou can bag another big goal for the team and put us within touching distance of escaping the bottom three.