Crystal Palace managed to secure a monumentally big three points away to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon and thanks to the link attached below, you can watch extended highlights or just the goals depending on your preference.
Having slipped back into the relegation zone after a string of three games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, Roy Hodgson and his players knew that a positive result against the Terriers was imperative to their chances of avoiding the drop at the end of the 2017/18 Premier League season.
Thankfully, the players were up for the challenge from the moment Mike Dean blew his whistle to start the game, forcing a corner inside the first two minutes and refusing to take our feet off the hosts’ throats until the game was brought to a close.
In terms of shots on and off target the boys were truly dominant and managed to edge their way into a well deserved lead when the always impressive James Tomkins prodded a close-range shot home in front of the travelling supporters after an initial effort had been saved by the fingertips of Huddersfield number one Jonas Lössl.
There wasn’t a person inside the John Smith’s Stadium who could argue that Palace were sitting in a deserved 1-0 lead at the break and in truth, they were well worthy of their two-goal advantage when Luka Milivojevic expertly dispatched his spot-kick midway through the second period.
Having worked hard to win the ball when backing up Patrick van Aanholt in his own defensive third, Wilfried Zaha came away with the it at his feet and launched a lightning counter-attack which saw Andros Townsend drive into the penalty area before being clearly brought down after nicking the ball beyond his covering defender.
There was a little over 20 minutes left in the contest when the Serbian doubled our lead but at no stage did the players let their concentration slip. After managing to last more than an hour without allowing a single shot at Wayne Hennessey’s goal, the traveling group saw out the clash with a comfortable clean sheet to their names, leapfrogging both Southampton and West Ham and climbing out of the bottom three in the process.
In truth, it’s difficult to imagine how the weekend could have gone any better.