Ahead of meek, aesthetically-pleasing Canaries flying into the airspace of mighty Eagles, I’ve been chatting with Palace blogger Jack Pierce.
So, first up, a brief overview of you and your Palace supporting journey and who you write for?
Jack: Been a Palace fan since the days of Martyn, Southgate, Salako and Armstrong in mid-90s. The family moved away from South London, but Palace stayed close to heart. Now a season ticket holder and regular writer for Five Year Plan.
How’s the atmosphere and general feel around Selhurst at the moment? Has the issue of the Holmesdale Fanatics wanting to move behind the goal all been resolved? Selhurst still rocking?
The HF moved behind the goal at the start of the season and their noise is constant. They are the atmosphere, so when they and the club reached an impasse last season, the ground did suffer. There were some fans less than pleased at having had to move, so the move has caused upset and annoyance, but I think the move will prove a positive in the long run.
Your start to the season has been okay, hasn’t it? If you’d not conceded that late one to Wolves it’d have been three wins, which would have been a cracking start, right?
Palace were 30 seconds away from going sixth last Sunday which would’ve been grand but all in all, a fairly decent start to the season. Our game management, when leading, in final ten minutes has been peculiar against Villa and Wolves so that’s an area I’d like to see us improve. Given previous starts to seasons, it’s just nice to see a bit of a gap between ourselves and the bottom three but it’s obviously still early days.
Is dear old Roy still the man? Does he have the total and unequivocal support of the Selhurst faithful?
I’m convinced that when Roy does go, Palace will be relegated within two seasons. We are very lucky to have a man of his experience running the show and while he does frustrate fans (slow with his subs and not always the most exciting brand on the pitch).
In Roy We Trust.
What did you make of Zaha’s ‘I can’t do it all alone’ interview? Does he have a point or was he just ranting?
I didn’t feel as though he was saying he didn’t rate his teammates or that he’s overly put upon, but it does seem that the time for Wilf to go has come. His wish to play elsewhere is clearly very strong to the point he’s decided to change his agent. If and when he does go, he’ll go with the best wishes of Palace fans. The key will be whether anyone can pay what we value him at.
So, with or without Wilf, what would be a good season for Palace?
If we achieved our highest league finish since promotion in 2013 that would mean a top-half finish and will certainly be deemed a good season. A cup run is always nice but the mighty Colchester put pay to our League Cup ambitions. It’s known that Roy loves the FA Cup and him lifting the cup come May would be a fitting moment in the twilight of a wonderful career.
We screwed up at Burnley, partly because we’re a bit 5hit when teams get ‘in our face’ – how would you describe Palace/Roy’s style of play?
Compact and disciplined are the two words that come to mind. A criticism often put at Roy and the team is we’re not expansive enough at times but when the team fancies it, we can be very dynamic in the final third particularly when Wilf is on form. Despite tensions during the transfer window, I think he’s been gearing up to his best in home games against Villa and Wolves so it might be Norwich are on the receiving end of Wilf, and therefore Palace, in full flight.
Finally, looking ahead to Saturday, how do you see it panning out? A fourth consecutive away defeat for us? Prediction?
Your lot won’t be underestimated as you’ve clearly got something about you but I’ll go 2-0 Palace.
Hhmm… wish I had some ammunition to contest that, but…
Thanks for your time pal.