Crystal Palace head to south Wales today in buoyant mood after pulling off one of the results of the season in that infamous and well-deserved 1-0 win over Premier League title hopefuls Chelsea.
The deciding factor proved to be an own goal from John Terry but it was a win that was all that Tony Pulis’ side deserved after a highly impressive all-round performance.
Mile Jedinak was at his imperious best against Chelsea last weekend, stifling a much-vaunted Blues midfield and providing the platform for their historic win.
This is the kind of form the Australian has been maintaining for much of this season though, the Palace captain attempting more tackles than any other Palace player with 137, winning 73.7 per cent of them.
He has also completed more passes in the opponent’s half than any of his colleagues with 476 according to the EA Sports player performance index.
Jason Puncheon remains one of Pulis’ best attacking outlets, racking up the highest number of attempts on goal of any Palace player.
He’s let fly on goal 41 times this season, 11 ahead of his nearest team-mate in Yannick Bolasie.
As if a testament to the hard work this Palace side are willing to put in for one another this season, they now have a total of eight players (Puncheon, Joel Ward, Marouane Chamakh, Jedinak, Damien Delaney, Danny Gabbidon, Adrian Mariappa and Dean Moxey) who have moved into triple figures for the season for defensive contributions (blocks, interceptions, tackles won, clearances).
It is exactly this kind of attitude which Pulis likes to see from his teams and you can expect them to be fighting for every point from now until the end of the season.
When Cardiff City made the trip to Selhurst Park in December, they were sent home with a bee in their ear after goals from Cameron Jerome and Chamakh saw Palace to a 2-0 win.