Last night’s defeat at Southampton should have come as more of a surprise but it is something that I expected after out fantastic win at the weekend over Chelsea.
With just a few minutes left and with the score at 1-1 I had the feeling that we’d concede another goal and we did.
I know that feeling of dread is something most Palace fans have, especially if you have supported the club for any length of time. Those of you who are fairly new to being a Palace fan might not have been tainted by this yet but overt time you will.
After pulling off a major surprise result at the weekend you just knew something was going to give and in the end the effort we put in on Saturday caught up with us. Maybe not so much in a physical sense but being mentally tired cost us.
At the final whistle I expected to be fed up, annoyed and thoroughly pissed off. But I wasn’t!
My cats didn’t have to run for cover for fear of feeling a size 9 Adidas up the backside, instead I just turned off the TV and went to bed.
So, while I was laying in bed trying to get to sleep I began to wonder why I wasn’t annoyed. I was annoyed at not being annoyed.
Did I care? Of course, I wouldn’t have sat and watched the game had I not cared. So what was it?
The only conclusion I could come to was that I was either still too pleased at beating Chelsea at the weekend or I thought the boys had done good in winning the last four games, five out of the last seven.
We’ve come a long was over the last seven games. Beating Bournemouth then getting our trousers pulled down by Sunderland followed by a defeat at Stoke. We then won four on the trot.
Over all, given where we were before those games, we have a lot to be happy about.
As someone on Twitter wrote, had we lost to Chelsea and won at Southampton we wouldn’t be complaining. He was correct.
It was, as I previously wrote about, all about perspective.
Not many people outside of a mental institute thought we’d win at Stamford Bridge but most of us thought we had a shot at St. Mary’s. The net result is we are no worse off had results gone as we thought they would go rather than how they ended up going.
Of course it doesn’t help that results are not going our way but as Sam Allardyce said in today’s press conference, it shows you how much trouble we were in before our run. Had we not had that run, we’d be dead and buried.
Yet there are still pockets of Pardew lovers out there who think he could have done a better job had he not been sacked. Either they are blind, delusional or just plain stupid.
Let us hope the Arsenal we all know and love turn up on Monday and not the Arsenal who gets results while marching in to the top four.
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