Whilst many of you will have shared the soul-crushing sense of frustration I felt when Josh King levelled the scores at 2-2 in the dying moments of Saturday’s game, we were at least treated to two wonderful goals from Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha respectively.
Following a first half in which Roy Hodgson’s men were forced to endure a fair few scares by the Cherries’ attacking outlets, the second half had barely got underway when Yohan Cabaye was brought down on the edge of the opposition penalty area, giving Milivojevic the space and time to line up a shot at goal.
Having already notched nine times heading into last weekend’s clash, the Serbian was undoubtedly feeling confident as he stood over the ball, showing every supporter inside the ground just what he was capable of with the resulting strike. Flighting a shot neatly over the wall, he watched on with glee as the ball whistled into the back of Begovic’s net befor sprinting to celebrate with the travelling Palace fans housed to his left.
Sadly, the hosts managed to level the scores midway through the second period, only for Wilfried Zaha to produce a moment of magic shortly after which in truth should have seen us taking all three points back to SE25.
Presented with the ball at his feet on the edge of the penalty area, the 25-year-old teased his way into an area that was suitable to let fly with a shot, throwing in a spin along the way for good measure before powering a high strike into the top left-hand corner of the hosts’ net. His celebration was typical of the man for whom goals mean so much. Eyes bulging and with a beaming smile plastered across his face, he must have felt as though we’d see out the remainder of the game and come away with a massive three points but as has so often happened this season, we let them slip between our fingers at the final moment.
Can we stave off the threat of relegation and make it a record six consecutive seasons in the Premier League? We’ve undoubtedly got the talent, now it’s just a case of making sure that goals as special as the ones we scored last weekend count for more than a solitary point.