Crystal Palace came back from 1-0 down to rescue a point at home to West Ham on Saturday but given the amount of shots the home side had (26 to be precise) not to mention an absolute bowler of a miss from James McArthur, it could easily have been all three.
The Scotsman has always been something of a fan-favourite at Selhurst Park; well known for his high-energy displays in the centre of midfield, he’s a dynamo who’ll run through walls for the team but last weekend, everyone inside the ground was stunned to see him miss the target altogether from five yards with the goal at his mercy.
Following a neat interchange involving a number of Palace’s attacking players, Jimmy found himself running inside the 18-yard-box with only the keeper to beat and no covering defenders in sight. To his credit, he did the first part well, sitting Fabianski down following a number of dummied shots but when the time came to pull the trigger, the former Wigan man misfired spectacularly, pulling his attempted dinked finish wide and into the side netting.
It was the sort of miss from my vantage point behind the goal that simply didn’t make sense at the time. Having seen the net ripple, my initial reaction along with thousands of others, was that he’d scored but the groan which immediately followed all around me told the real story. To make matters worse, he had Christian Benteke unmarked and waiting in line with him, had he decided to square the ball. It would have been one of the easiest tap-ins of the Belgian’s career, giving him a first Premier League goal following a lengthy lay-off and boosting his confidence hugely but sadly, it just wasn’t to be.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the miss gets worse and worse with every viewing. I kept on finding myself hoping that he would eventually roll the ball across goal to Christian after enough loops but alas, the same thing happens every single time.
It’s scary to think how high we could be in the table if we were just a tiny bit more clinical in front of goal.