All of the Time: Down by the Swansea-side
Sunday was pretty diabolical from start to finish.
Nevertheless, with 15 minutes to go I assume a lot of fans were over-eager to get back to GTA V.
I have not seen people stream from Selhurst Park like that in a long time, and it was disappointing to see no matter the performance or day of the week.
Sadly it tells you all you need to know about the game - we didn’t look threatening at any point and no aspect of our play should have made the travelling Welsh fans worried in the slightest.
In an act of partial-sadomasochism, Ian Holloway blamed himself for the performance because his ban meant he was confined to the stands so he couldn’t vocally influence the game.
However, he didn’t specifically acknowledge the fact that his key decision to move Mile Jedinak to centre back was atrocious.
Or the fact that we didn’t have a single other centre back option on the bench.
Jedinak is clearly competent in that defensive position plus maybe better than some of our “natural” defenders anyway.
But it was a kamikaze tactical move against a Swansea side that were only going to thrive on possession.
Dropping our incomparable midfield ball-winner to defence meant we had no equivalent in midfield.
Jedinak was helplessly stuck alongside Danny Gabbidon instead of executing his usual roaming combat, and Swansea could roll the ball about relatively unhurried where Jedinak would usually be clipping at their heels.
However, when he was in midfield he couldn’t be responsible for all of the work. The loss of KG was felt fairly severely as Swansea found and exploited vast gaps.
There’s a lot of clichés drivelled about the “worst time” to concede goals, considering conceding at any time when the scores are level is not good. But after 80 seconds of the game? That takes some beating.
Well we gave it a good shot, because letting in our second goal just three minutes after the half time interval is pretty appalling timing too.
Defensive woes: Danny Gabbidon, right, partnered Mile Jedinak in the centre of defence after Damien Delaney's injury SP79115
Any hope of a revitalised performance after the break was instantly extinguished, any possible momentum from surviving the majority of the first half at just one-nil was vanquished.
I’m sure a lot of supporters returned home to vent their frustrations with acts of gruesome virtual PlayStation violence, tried to take some satisfaction in Manchester United’s collapse at City or watched Songs of Praise at full volume.
Basically any distraction was better than trying to hunt for positives from Palace’s wretched display.
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