Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt took to Twitter in the aftermath of the Eagles’ 3-1 defeat at Chelsea to apologise for his role in the Blues third goal on the day, admitting that it “wasn’t good enough”.
Apologies for the 3rd goal, simply put not good enough but we fought a good battle and the Palace fans were top top top. As long as we continue to work hard for each other all will be well ❤️💙
— Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) November 4, 2018
Having battled out a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal the previous weekend and rested a large number of first-team regulars in Wednesday evening’s League Cup against Middlesbrough, it was clear to see that Roy Hodgson had genuine expectations of taking something away from our trip to Stamford Bridge and when Andros Townsend levelled the scores on 53 minutes, it began to look as though his midweek caution would be vindicated; sadly, that optimism would last just 12 minutes, thanks to Alvaro Morata’s second goal of the game putting the hosts back in front.
Five minutes later the game was all but over as a contest, with Pedro establishing a two-goal cushion for the Blues, with Palace’s Dutch defender openly berating himself for his part in the goal. I’m reluctant to stick the knife in on Pat, regardless of his own public apology, given how good he’s been for us over the last year. Whilst I appreciate that I don’t speak for every Palace fan, looking back to the first six months of Van Aanholt’s time at the club, it does seem ridiculous to think that many people, including me, saw Jeffrey Schlupp as a bigger asset to the side.
Admittedly, Patrick is an occasionally erratic presence at the back but for the most part, the pros to his game far outweigh the cons, as shown by his regular link-ups with Wilfried Zaha on the left-hand side. Yes, Sunday ended in a feeling of bitter disappointment but there is little shame in going down to a side who remain unbeaten in the 2018/19 Premier League season heading towards the middle of November.
Of course, games against Tottenham and Manchester United are unlikely to offer PVA and his fellow defenders much respite in the next three weeks but it’s good to see a senior player standing up and taking responsibility so soon after a humbling loss.