Just over a week ago, Crystal Palace lost in pitiful fashion to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, prompting thousands of the club’s supporters to voice their concerns over the club’s chances of surviving another relegation scrap. Fast-forward six days and Roy Hodgson’s men had just secured the Eagles’ first ever Premier League win against Manchester United.
For most supporters, the end of each league season sees a line drawn underneath it before starting afresh in August but if you take the time to examine Palace’s form from February of 2019 onwards, something quite remarkable comes to light. Helped hugely by the presence of Michy Batshuayi at the head of our XI in the latter stages of the 2018/19 season, we put together a run of results only bettered by Liverpool and Manchester City; a trend that has continued this term, thanks to our improbable triumph over Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds on Saturday afternoon.
Crystal Palace quietly going about their business in the Premier League > Since their win vs Fulham on February 2nd, only Man City & Liverpool have won more Premier League points than they have (30). Gone unnoticed by many, but Roy Hodgson doing a great job. pic.twitter.com/8tDq9a0mx1
— Matt Furniss (@Matt_Furniss) August 26, 2019
Hodgson’s men now have four points from their opening three Premier League fixtures with a goal difference of 0; all of which suddenly looks rather positive ahead of a visit from newly-promoted Aston Villa this coming weekend. Win that and Roy’s boys will be sitting pretty on seven points, almost certainly in the top half of the table and riding the crest of a wave following a run of form which has lasted six months; albeit with a sizeable gap in the middle.
In truth, the challenge posed by Dean Smith’s Villains is one which has proved far harder for Hodgson to get his head around than giving the Premier League big boys a bloody nose. Games in which sides come to Selhurst Park and look to frustrate are the ones in which we struggle the most; should we manage to crack that particular nut, either through formation or a change of personnel, things will be looking rosy for the months ahead.
What a difference a week can make to the narrative and feel surrounding a football club.