Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

Alex Pewter, 5 12 months Plan podcast, exterior

Grit and willpower are again at Selhurst Park.

Two attracts in opposition to two groups at the moment within the Champions League spots are causes to be constructive, in addition to stabilising Crystal Palace’s place within the Premier League desk.

Whereas final week’s Tuesday Speaking Level appeared on the inflexible post-Christmas choice coverage, Patrick Vieira has made fan-endorsed adjustments for the previous two video games.

Will Hughes has been reintegrated right into a significant midfield position, whereas summer season signing Chris Richards has been began in Joachim Andersen’s absence somewhat than veteran James Tomkins. Teenage midfielder David Ozoh additionally made a shock debut.

However, whereas these adjustments are invigorating, a worrying lack of attacking menace stays. Michael Olise’s last-gasp winner in opposition to West Ham in November was the final time the workforce scored from open play within the Premier League.

The teaching employees now have a two-week break to analyse the difficulty. For a workforce that systematically tries to move out from the again, efficiently or not, that id is not obvious on the reverse finish of the pitch.

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