Someone wrote an article last week about keeping hope after one of the worst losses in recent Palace history. I just can’t remember his name…
Oh wait, that someone was me!
To be fair, I had no idea that hope would be fulfilled the following week away at Old Trafford. I’m not that positive of a fan, but that is why we love this club so much. One week it’s all doom and gloom – Palace give travelling fans a lack luster performance against a newly promoted club, showing no signs of life or even a glimmer of hope. Then, out of nowhere, a week later, Jordan Ayew finds himself one on one with David de Gea and the entire season turns around.
All it took was one swift kick with his right foot and all is right in the Palace world once again. As it seemingly always tends to happen, all of the work that Palace had put in appeared to be for naught. Wilfried Zaha lost the ball in the 89th minute and Paul Pogba played the ball into the middle of the United attack. Daniel James ended up with that ball who curled a shot over Joel Ward and Vicente Guaita and you could feel Palace fans hearts breaking across the globe.
But this is where the aforementioned hope comes into play…
PALACE SCORED IN INJURY TIME TO BEAT MANCHESTER UNITED!
Do me a favour and pinch yourself before you read that sentence again. We, little ol’ Palace, went north to Manchester and came home with a victory. For the first time in 30 years in the league, Palace left Old Trafford with three points. What a feeling. What a club.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that not only re-watched the entire match, but also the highlights of the Palace goals numerous times. Yes, it was an amazing run by Zaha. Of course, the powerful left foot of Patrick van Aanholt delivered us three points, but what no-one is talking about is how that counter attack started.
Christian Benteke has had a rough go of it lately. Even ‘a rough go’ is putting it lightly (this is a family website so I will refrain from saying a few choice words that are popular for Palace fans when you bring up his name). So, when he does something worth mentioning, you better believe that I am going to mention it.
What he did on that sunny Saturday afternoon in Manchester was brilliant. He was the reason we scored that winning goal. His tackle of Pogba in injury time won us the ball back. His cross pitch pass to PVA is what set everything in motion, and he actually made a great run to the middle of the goal to open up space for Wilf and PVA down the left. So Christian, if you’re reading this, great job buddy. Way to go.
Also, quick shout out to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The lad will forever bleed red and blue as his toe poke on Wilf set the ball up beautifully for PVA. Thanks AWB. You’ll always be Palace through and through.
Let me throw some stats at you all real quick.
The 25 tackles that Palace made on United players was the most tackles in a single game since the win away at the Emirates last season against Arsenal. Palace also cleared the ball away from their own end 26 times on Saturday. The most clearances since last years barn burner 0-0 draw against Everton when Palace had a staggering 36.
It was Palace’s first league win at Old Trafford since 1989 and only their 4th win away at United ever. Interesting tidbit, both Pogba and Zaha were on the pitch the last time that Palace beat United in 2011. I think we all remember that cup match. This win makes it 8 wins in 56 for Palace against United, with 11 draws between the clubs.
Oh, and the small matter of being the first injury time winner being scored by a visiting team at Old Trafford. Not bad eh?
I saved my two favorite stats of the weekend for last.
Whenever Harry Maguire sees a Palace shirt, he needs to run the other way. In his seven matches against the club, he has a record of 0-1-6. That one draw was with Hull City which we all remember for Robert Snodgrass diving to get a penalty and admitting as much afterwards. Since that match, the scores have not been pretty for England’s first choice centre back.
- Palace 4-0 Hull – 2016/17
- Leicester 0-3 Palace 2017/18
- Palace 5-0 Leicester 2017/18
- Palace 1-0 Leicester 2018/19
- Leicester 1-4 Palace 2018/19
- Man United 1-2 Palace 2019/20
If you’re counting at home, that’s an aggregate score of Palace 19 – Harry Maguire 2. Yikes.
And finally, perhaps the best stat of the weekend. Palace are the last visiting side to win at the following stadiums:
There is hope once again around Selhurst Park and we will all enjoy Saturday’s victory for years to come.
UP THE PALACE!!!