VIDEO: Watch Wickham’s First Palace Goal In 799 Days

0 Posted by - January 28, 2019 - News, Video

It had been 799 days since he last celebrated scoring a goal but on Sunday afternoon at Selhurst Park, Connor Wickham opened the scoring against Tottenham and set Palace on their way to a massive FA Cup victory. 

Given a start at the head of the side in place of the rested Jordan Ayew, the 25-year-old didn’t disappoint, working hard for the side throughout his time on the pitch, scoring the first and creating enough doubt in the mind of his covering defender to draw a handball for the penalty which led to the second Palace goal of the day. 

Despite a scare when Patrick van Aanholt gave away a penalty of his own just before the break, (which Trippier put wide) Palace ran out 2-0 winners, defending resolutely throughout the second 45 and ensuring their place in the last 16. 

Wickham’s goal may not have been a thing of beauty, (he kneed it home from all of a yard) but given the gap in between this and his last strike, it was a moment of huge emotional significance. In truth, huge credit must go to Jeffrey Schlupp, whose drive into the box and subsequent shot set Wickham up for a simple tap in but after playing almost a full season without a striker to follow in chances like that, the sight of Wickham holding his run before following the ball in was a joy to behold. 

He’ll be under no illusions about the size of the task still facing him in the quest for regular Premier League starts but after such a lengthy period on the sidelines wondering if he’d ever taste that scoring feeling again, yesterday must have felt so sweet. 

Let’s hope this is just the start for the big man. 

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  • Gordon January 28, 2019 - 7:21 am Reply

    Credit to RH for his team selection – resting & testing quite a few players without loss of team understanding or spirit. Good performances by a number of the non-first team regulars and it was great to have a striker with positional sense and timing again. But special praise for the under-rated Schlupp, whose diagonal burst through midfield to create the first goal shows that he is far more than a wide player on the left, and man of the match, Speroni, whose confidence wasn’t unsettled by his nightmare return to the team last week.

  • Mike Ward January 29, 2019 - 1:41 am Reply

    And let’s not forget Max Meyer…

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