Just Remember Those Three … Little … Birds.
“Singing, don’t worry, ‘bout a thing, cause every little thing, gonna be alright…”
Those lyrics have been sung loudly by Palace fans since around 2011. The upbeat words from the Bob Marley classic, rouses a positivity amongst fans in times of trouble and/or crisis. It gives that little bit of faith in the stands when it is desperately needed.
Palace have been flirting with relegation for several months now. The Pardew effect of the first half of the season has impacted on the position we are in. Yes, Big Sam has come in. Yes, he has changed things for the better (although some would still disagree) and yes, we have had some fantastic results but also some regrettable, however the stagnation that infiltrated the team before Christmas has absolutely effected where we have ended up. Had he departed sooner, who knows what may have happened. But, we are where we are.
This weekend sees Palace face fellow strugglers Hull City, who must win to continue with fight for survival. For Palace, only a point is needed to secure safety. Many fans are still worried about the possibility of relegation, with lots remembering the fluke that was 1992/93 season when Oldham Athletic somehow escaped what appeared to be definite relegation, which ultimately relegated the Eagles. It was a freak series of events, which surely cannot be repeated.
This is not an Oldham situation.
Those of you that have listened to the Hol Radio preview podcast will have also heard the opposition guest reel off some interesting statistics. Such as Hull have never won a Premier League game in May, nor have they beaten a side managed by Sam Allardyce.
You know the script though … “if you’re a struggling Premier League side, come to Selhurst Park where records are broken and points are gifted.”
Just another reason for the worriers to worry…
The only people that are going to be able to avoid the unthinkable, are those boys that walk out onto the pitch on Sunday. We can hope and pray other results go our way. Mainly, that Swansea City are defeated by the already relegated Sunderland, but at the end of the day, it will be what happens for the ninety minutes at Selhurst Park that will seal our fate.
I’m not telling you to not be worried, because I completely understand. I too am terrified about what may or may not happen when that final whistle blows, but negativity creates negativity and all we can do is sing from start to finish. Be that TWELFTH man. Make that electric atmosphere that everyone knows us for.
So, remember what Marley said. Everything will be alright. We will all still bleed red and blue and love our team, regardless of what happens. And, if we don’t get the result we want at the weekend, well it adds another reason to the list of why we want to beat Manchester United.
Sing up. Keep the faith. Up the Palace.