The away end of Leicester’s King Power Stadium was a happy place to be yesterday afternoon as Crystal Palace’s fans celebrated their team’s 3-0 demolition of the previously in form Foxes.
Palace fans were having a party after their 3-0 win away at Leicester 🎉
— COPA90 (@COPA90) December 16, 2017
Goals from Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako sealed the victory which lifted the Eagles up to the heady heights of 14th place and stretched out unbeaten run under Roy Hodgson’s guidance to a stunning seven games.
Without a goal on our travels since April in the top flight, it was Christian Benteke who finally broke our duck with a well directed header on 19 minutes. From then on, it was Palace who were in control, demonstrating the sort of tactical maturity that Roy Hodgson’s sides have become known for over the years at domestic level.
Despite having a fair number of injuries to contend with, the lads looked supremely well drilled from the first kick until the last, giving us hope of another solid performance when we travel to face Paul Clement’s Swansea City in our next Premier League fixture.
Whilst there has never been any doubt over the technical ability of plenty of Palace’s first-teamers, it has often felt as though the team have been stuck in first gear since August but I for one am hopeful that our last come-from-behind triumph over Watford on Tuesday has provided the spark necessary to lift us out of immediate relegation trouble.
We played with real confidence and conviction throughout Saturday’s encounter, putting to bed any worries supporters had over the attacking prowess Leicester possessed in Vardy, Mahrez and Okazaki. Whilst results will always breed confidence in a squad, it’s testament to the work being done on the training ground that we seldom looked truly threatened by a side in such red-hot form.
Whether or not we can continue to perform so well between now and May is a question that’s impossible to answer as I write this but following such a dramatic change in our collective fortunes since Roy arrived, I’m confident of a greater sense of stability behind the scenes than we’ve enjoyed for years.
You need only look at the video attached above to see how happy the 70-year-old’s work is making supporters of late.
Long may it continue.