You need only to glance at the statistics from Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Burnley to see the total dominance Crystal Palace enjoyed; with the video of Chris Kamara and Jeff Stelling featured below, perfectly demonstrating the quality of our performance on the day.
Having gone in front early on thanks to a searching ball in courtesy of James McArthur, Roy Hodgson’s men proceeded to pepper Joe Hart’s goal for the next hour, somehow failing the find the back of the net at all until Andros Townsend fired in a thunderbolt with 13 minutes left to play. As a supporter, it meant spending the majority of the game in a far more stressed state than was ultimately necessary but for the neutral, there was a great deal of joy to be taken from some of our attacking moves.
Wow Palace playing like 🇧🇷 Brazil 😂😂I didn’t think Brazil are that good 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/GcptcwCvyU
— James Murphy (@JamesMu28208266) December 1, 2018
With a total of 29 attempts being struck at the Clarets’ goal, the home faithful saw a shot going in every three minutes on average, making it all the more infuriating that we weren’t able to put one or two more away in the opening 45 minutes of the encounter. Indeed, for all of our dominance, the clash still represented your archetypal “relegation six pointer” given both teams’ precarious position near the foot of the table.
That said, the sense of excitement on Kamara’s face, coupled with Stelling’s suggestion that we were playing “like Brazil” summed up the afternoon to a tee. We don’t feel that way on many occasions, making me all the more keen to revel in it today whilst the display remains fresh in my memory. When you factor in a grand total of zero shots on target from Burnley over the course of the 90 minutes, it really was a perfect day.
Oh what I would give for a repeat against Brighton tomorrow night.