The Palace boards were alive with hope this morning after their team’s resounding 3-1 win at Watford last night. With 6 matches to go, including favourable home games against Preston and QPR during the next 10 days, the Eagles now possess a modicum of belief as they look to leapfrog Watford and Sheffield Wednesday to safety.
Needless to say, it will take a lot of heart from the former if they are to avoid the drop after such a deflating evening’s work. While the Hornets are still a point ahead of Palace and have a game in hand on those around them, it doesn’t look pretty.
The Rookery Thoughts blog issued a rallying cry
ahead of last Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough, which came at around the same time as manager Malky Mackay’s Call to Arms
, but both of these clarion calls failed to do the job: just one point was won from the last six when at least 3 were needed.
on Albert McClenaghan’s Thrown-In and Other Stories seems to sum up the prevailing mood. None of the remaining fixtures
look entirely winnable after last night, and next season holds little promise of an upturn in fortunes. Taken from that rallying cry on Rookery Thoughts is this little pearler of a paragraph: “It’s almost certain to get worse before it gets better. The summer brings with it contracts that we are unlikely to renew, transfer fees we are unable to turn down and the disappearance of influential loanees. If you think this squad is inexperienced, just wait until next season.” Such is life in the game of the modern day.