Usually, I’m the first person to pour scorn on those who take the time to film games on their phone whilst in the stadium but on this particular occasion, I have to admit that the clip attached below of Palace’s second goal against Fulham makes for an extremely good watch.
Having dominated the vast majority of the game against Claudio Ranieri’s men, Palace continued to probe for a second goal until late in the contest, with the hosts finally getting the reward for their efforts when Jeffrey Schlupp poked home from inside the six-yard-box on 87 minutes, following fantastic work from Michy Batshuayi to get a shot off whilst being marked by two Fulham defenders.
It was the least the Eagles deserved on the day and was greeted with a mixture of joy and relief from the coaching staff and supporters alike, after a run of games which has seen us get nothing like the points return we should have done from games in which we’ve proven to be dominant. With the fight for survival hotting up, it was imperative that the boys secured a win to keep some breathing room between us and the bottom three, as proven by Cardiff’s 2-0 triumph over Bournemouth later on in the evening.
We now head into this weekend’s home game against West Ham hoping that a win will cement a seven-point buffer between us and the drop zone with 12 games left to play; a gap that would almost certainly mean we could start looking up rather than down in the run-up to the May finale.
With Cardiff currently sitting third bottom on 22 points, their next fixture away to Southampton is the very definition of a six-pointer, whilst subsequent ties at home to Watford and Everton seem favourable if they can generate a sense of momentum following their morale-boosting win over the Cherries. That said, should the Bluebirds lose to Hasenhüttl’s Saints this weekend, it could have a hugely deflating effect on their confidence heading into the two must-not-lose home ties.
In reality, all Palace can do from this point on is win the games they play in and with Saturday presenting a good opportunity to pick up another three points, we’ll no doubt be going full steam ahead in training. You’d like to think that 10 more points would be enough to secure safety and with games against Leicester, Burnley, Brighton, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Cardiff and Bournemouth still to come, there seems a good chance of us getting over the hump.
Hopefully there are far more scenes like the one above set to take place at Selhurst between now and the end of the season.