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Croydon Guardian: Off balance: Parr looks nervous all the time and skews passes into the stands with regularity Off balance: Parr looks nervous all the time and skews passes into the stands with regularity

By Tom Hughes

I can’t comment on Saturday’s trip to Hillsborough, having been stuck in Croydon with Final Score on the TV, but on Tuesday Bristol City were one of the least threatening teams to visit Selhurst Park in quite a long while.

It helps that most of the starting 11 performed solidly or better.

On the other hand, Jonathan Parr had an extremely worrying game. Again.

Singling out our blonde Norseman seems like nit-picking after what was another very pleasing Palace display.

But neither Parr or Moxey fill me with confidence, and it’s important fragilities are not left unnoticed.

Parr looks nervous all the time and skews passes into the stands with regularity, as well as often getting caught in the no-man’s land between defending and attacking that leads to tense chases back.

Thankfully he still runs tirelessly, biting at the heels of attackers. His energy and speed are often the only redeeming factors after another misplaced through ball or botched clearance.

The embarrassment of Parr’s terrible own goal aptly topped off his wobbly game.

To make matters worse, on the Sky Sports highlights he had the ignominy of his name being used in the pun “Parr lived up to his name”.

Considering this is a joke that only works if you enunciate the word using the apparent Scandinavian pronunciation "Pore", it really seems like the commentator momentarily turned Norwegian as a shameless ploy to crowbar in the witticism.

It’s a line almost as painful as Parr’s looping injury time mistake (or this column’s headline).

I was surprised Parr got player of the year for 2011/12, although he had been a breath of fresh air – a completely unknown quantity arriving and instantly giving his all.

Yet it speaks volumes that this campaign he probably wouldn’t even make many people’s top ten lists of players.

I’m not saying he needs replacing this second or all is lost, but we can’t get absorbed in the excitement of our dynamic offensive ability and forget that some areas of the squad do need reinforcing for next season – whether or not we achieve promotion.

Tom Hughes writes for the Five Year Plan

@thughes0197

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