Review by Joshua Roux de Buisson
The Etihad Stadium was the destination for travelling fans from SE25, as we were at Manchester City for our Saturday afternoon kick off. Was there a sense of hope or a sense of desire to come away with our spirits intact? We hadn’t shown much promise in front of goal, of late, and this game felt as though it had a smash and grab quality prior to kick off.
We showed some attacking intent early on, with Damien Delaney going close with a header but unfortunately it was directed straight at the City keeper Hart. But it wasn’t to be for the Eagles in the first period. It was City who broke the deadlock with Fabian Delph scoring a long range drive to put the home team ahead. Sergio Aguero then doubled the score line for the Manchester club as he had an effort on goal deflected off the Eagles’ centre back Scott Dann to send Palace in at the break two goals down.
The message from Pardew at half time would have been an interesting one. Is it time to press or is it damage limitation?
The second half started in similar fashion, with City clearly the dominant side, and it was only a matter of time before the third goal came, with their wealth of attacking options. And the third goal came in 68th minute, with Aguero again finishing off a great team move, utilising those very players just mentioned.
David Silva added a fourth in the 84th minute in the snow, as the heavens opened in the north of England. It was a bleak day, and a bleak result, and there wasn’t much to cheer about as the Palace fans headed back South towards Selhurst Park, but in typical Eagles fashion, the fans were still cheering and chanting, because that’s the Palace way.
It only takes one look at the match statistics to realise that City were the dominant force throughout the game, with 53% possession, 17 shots on target to Palace’s 9 and 4 on target to the Eagles’ 3.
Post-match, Palace manager Alan Pardew said of keeper Wayne Hennessy “Wayne is going to have to show me this week in training. A mistake at Villa, he needed to respond today and made another mistake. The ball is in his court to keep out the other two goalkeepers but I need to see it in training. I need to see a reaction from him.”
Roll on to the next match, which is Tottenham at home on Saturday. Selhurst will be rocking and it’s a great chance to put in a good performance against a top quality side.
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