Palace fans across the world were left devastated by their second half collapse against Manchester United on Monday night which left them marooned inside the bottom three but fans of Southampton (the team just above us) are genuinely shaking in their boots at our potential.
After watching us race into a 2-0 lead over second placed United, only to be begged back late on, the Saints faithful took to Twitter to express their admiration for the work-rate, desire and general quality on show from Palace’s players, before bemoaning the fact that their own team appear to have none of the same attributes.
With just one point separating us and Pellegrino’s men with nine games left to play, plenty of Southampton fans seem convinced that both they and Stoke are inferior to Palace, regardless of the continued absence of our team’s talisman Wilfried Zaha.
When you consider the respective run-ins of all the teams that remain in danger of facing the drop in May, there is no debate over the fact that Palace and Roy Hodgson have the most favourable fixtures to navigate; leaving Southampton fans everywhere experiencing a sense of nervous dread in the pit of their stomachs over what the next couple of months have in store.
It’s easy to get tangled up in a web of misery and self-doubt when you support a team who’ve lost out on four home points in the last few minutes of two games over the course of just eight days but by taking a look at the image Southampton fans have of us, you realise that we’re arguably better placed than them for what is to come, regardless of our respective league positions.
The sense of continuous stress Palace fans have had since August all stems from the historically bad run of seven games without a point or a goal that we went on to start the 2017/18 season. Keeping that in mind, it remains a minor miracle that we’re still within touching distance of salvation with such little time left and, although it’s been incredibly hard to take, the huge number of dropped points we’ve had along the way points to a side that have more than enough about them to climb out of danger, should we remain focussed on the task at hand.
It’s going to be a bumpy ride but we’re far from finished just yet.