10:25am Thursday 18th August 2011
Crystal Palace fan James Scott gives his views on the Eagles' dramatic 2-1 win over Coventry City on Saturday.
On an uneventful Tuesday day, I was sitting at home pondering the Palace line up over spaghetti hoops on toast. Having witnessed an excellent team performance and victory against Burnley, I was expecting an unchanged first eleven albeit with either KG or Wilf Zaha to come in for the injured Ambrose.
Upon arrival to the ground, I was picking up in the positive vibe around Selhurst Park, especially with the transfer rumours doing the rounds on Twitter of us being linked with Marcus Tudgay, Anthony Gardner and Jordan Rhodes.
Pre game I was expecting to see a more relaxed 90 minutes from Palace, compared to the constant harrying of the Burnley game and for the first 45 that definitely was the case. The injury to KG was a minor blemish to a good start by Palace who were moving the ball around confidently with Garvan pulling all the strings in midfield and Scannell looking menacing up front.
The second half started exactly how the Palace of old would have done, by conceding a sloppy goal to a very poor Coventry, with Julian Speroni at fault with some poor keeping and miscommunication with Paddy McCarthy.
Then for the next 40 minutes, there was a pressure cooker feel to Selhurst Park with balls being fizzed across the Coventry goal and passes not meeting their target.
However on the 89th minute everything changed, as Wilfred Zaha's trickery allowed him to take a cross/shot producing a fine save from the Coventry keeper, only for Sean Scannell to 'Di Canio' volley the ball into the back of the net.
With the Palace faithful in full swing singing "we love you" came Jermaine Easter's moment to tap in from two yards and earn us the victory with literally the last kick of the game, after more good work from Zaha down the wings.
What a finish to the game and with Selhurst rocking full credit to the team for having a never say die attitude. Play-offs here we come??? You never know, this is Palace after all.
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James runs the Selsdon Little Leagues charity, which provides football and netball for local children and is organised on a voluntary basis.
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