It would be easy for Palace fans to feel somewhat peeved at the nature in which we picked up a point against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City yesterday afternoon but given the Premier League leaders’ recent run of consecutive victories, we should all be patting one another on the back following the gargantuan effort which saw us hold them to a 0-0 draw.
This piece summarises what the country’s various national daily newspapers have had to say about the game in question, with every single one offering an enormous amount of praise to Roy Hodgson and his players for the manner in which they went about tackling the Catalan manager’s superstars.
With another game against Southampton coming hot on the heels of yesterday’s lunchtime clash we can be sure of the lads having heavy legs in the latter stages at St Mary’s but thanks to the absence of Jeffrey Schlupp, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, James McArthur and Bakary Sako against City, we can at least hold out hope of two to three of them being fit enough to start the game on the south coast against Mauricio Pellegrino’s men.
Given the inclusion in the starting XI of Jairo Riedewald and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, (two players who have barely featured since Hodgson first took up the reins at Selhurst Park in September) the performance our side put in on Sunday deserves all the more credit. Should anyone still hold doubts about the tactical acumen of the 70-year-old boss, our display in front of the nation yesterday afternoon should quiet even the most vocal of detractors.
It’s easy to say this from inside of the “Palace bubble” but to take a side who hadn’t managed to score a single goal or gain a solitary point in their opening seven fixtures and have them outside the drop zone as we edge into 2018 is a quite remarkable feat.
Let’s hope the next five months are just as good as the last three.