Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Reasons To Be Cheerful

History would suggest that after another promotion to the Premier League, the Palace rollercoaster would have another dip with relegation straight back to the Championship. But that’s just what it is ….. history, stats and the experts writing us off at the start of every top flight campaign but we all know how we defied the odds last season. 

"So, does this year provide us with a great chance yet to stop the trend?"

We must start with Ian Holloway. In a squad that will no doubt severely lack top flight experience we make up for it with a manager who has been there so recently, and was one point from being successful. Already last season we saw first-hand Holloway learning from previous mistakes, with our defensive record and his tactical genius in the Play Offs speak for itself. The blend of attacking flair from a Holloway side and a more defensively sound one could provide the perfect balance for us to finish in seventeenth or above, and remember this will now be totally his team and his structure, having had a full pre-season to get across his strategies to our squad. 

Secondly we can look at the success of recently promoted clubs with Stoke, Wigan, Hull, Swansea, Norwich, Southampton and QPR all managing to stay up in the top flight for at least one season and some of these clubs now being established Premier League teams. We should take heart from this and not have the opinion that we will be rolled over every week. There are good examples here of clubs who have not spend silly amounts either- Norwich and Swansea being brilliant examples. 

"What does this mean?"

It means buying well in the summer and I believe we have done that very well so far, and in potential signings of Gosling and Carlton Cole, two consistent Premier League performers to add experience with the also well-established Jerome Thomas. Add in some experience in our back line and another striker and we’ll be getting close to a squad to compete not only on ability but also we’ve already seen the tremendous spirit there is within the club that played a huge part in getting us promoted; this will be hugely key next season in games where we’re going to need to get over line and hang on to one goal leads. 

Finally we have to mention us, the fans. Our home record speaks for itself last season- nobody came to Selhurst last season thinking they were going to have an easy time, and that was the rock behind our success and it will be next year. 

"This was down to us, all four sides of the ground getting proudly behind our team and letting the opposition know that there will not be any easy points on offer next season."

Of course going up a division will always be a big challenge but it is one that in my opinion we should be excited and confident about and that is just feeling that we are getting from the squad that we have no-one and nothing to fear!

Article for The EaglesBeak by Ryan Grant. Why not let him know your thoughts on the article by tweeting him at @PalaceMemes

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