To say the Premier League relegation battle is on a knife edge would be a massive understatement.

Newcastle’s defeat at Liverpool was predictable and no disaster, other results relatively ok and Rafa’s team left fifth bottom, two points above the bottom three.

After the weekend, it still being a case of only three points separating Swansea in 13th and Stoke in 19th.

Every match at this stage with only 10 (now nine) games to go can have a massive effect, with Brighton proving this as a prime example, two victories in a row and they are suddenly 10th on 34 points and seen as all but safe.

After 48 minutes of action at Selhurst Park on Monday night, the pressure was piled on Newcastle United and others.

Andros Townsend had given Crystal Palace an 11th minute lead and then when another former Newcastle player, Patrick van Aanholt doubled that lead on 48 minutes, Manchester United looked finished, having looked very poor up to that point.

It was way back in 2013 when Man Utd last came back from two down to win a Premier League match.

Three points for Palace would ensure they went a point above Newcastle, putting absolutely massive pressure on next Saturday.

It would mean if either Newcastle or Southampton won at St James Park, it would ensure the other club would be in the bottom three on Saturday night.

For Rafa and his players, a defeat would mean three weeks of building up to a Huddersfield game that would then have epic potential consequences.

No one game will decide the season but last night might well be looked back on as a killer for Palace (now six games without a win and away to Chelsea next) and a saver for Newcastle and/or others.

Chris Smalling scored on 55 minutes to make it 2-1, then Lukaku equalised on 76 minutes, before injury time saw a superb Matic goal win it for Man Utd and potentially kill off Palace.

To be two up and cruising against Man Utd in front of your own fans, then for that outcome, hopefully we may just see Palace as well as Stoke and West Brom start to break away at the bottom.

Watching on TV last night and having to cheer on Man Utd, just brings it home to me just what Mike Ashley has reduced us to.

When you read these quotes from Roy Hodgson, it is easy to see just how crushing last night could (hopefully) prove for Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson:

“We once again go away with no points and like the game against Tottenham, I thought we deserved something.

“I was expecting to come away with one point, but once again it is nothing, and I feel devastated for the players.

“We took the game to Manchester United.

“If we had drawn the game, I don’t think anyone, Jose (Mourinho) included, would have said it was a scandal.”

Premier League table after Monday night’s result:

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Jose Mourinho:

“I always believe we can win.

“I will be like that until my last day.

“You always need that little bit of luck to win a match in the last few minutes.

“Sometimes the winner is the one who deserves the congratulations but I think Roy Hodgson did everything right.”



  • TheNutJob

    at least they had a go at Man U as did Brighton against Arsenal. i think we`ll stay up but the football dished out is dire

    • Geordiegiants

      It is very poor to watch, but we don’t and haven’t had a goal scorer for about 3/4 seasons now. Our best strength, for the first time ever in watching this once great club, is our defence unfortunately.

      • HarryHype59

        A defence which is that good it cannot hold a lead. Bournemouth being the latest example.

        Granted we are not as shambolic in defence as in the past. However, it still isn’t that great, especially in the final 15mins of a game, when our players whilt.

        • Wor Lass

          It`s not the defence that wilts, though, the problems stem from further up the field. Also, although I am a big Rafa fan, Rafa`s substitutions are sometimes a bit baffling. He needs to give Jose a ring and ask for a quick training course on how to do it properly.

          • Jezza

            The problems are most definitely further up the field. We have conceded fewer goals than any other club in the bottom half of the table but we are the joint second lowest scorers. That says it all. Fatso’s persistent refusal to dip into the profits to allow the purchase a striker is what is costing us.

        • Geordiegiants

          That very well might be the case, but I’m sure your not trying to suggest we have more quality up front than we do at the back are you?

      • ghostrider

        But we have had a goal scorer. Two of them in Gayle and Mitrovic.
        The issue is, if you refuse to use them to their full effect or do silly things like….say….ermmmm. you know……loan one out to Fulham who get the benefit of playing him correctly, then you get little to no return.

  • HarryHype59

    Being reduced to cheering Man Yoos winning goal against our relegation rivals, shows why 99% of fans want Ashley out!

    • Cockneytrev

      I agree,, it boils my p155

  • Oldgeordie

    So many comments about our negative play but there are some interesting stats about the 15 home games played by Man City. We are joint top for shots on target against them. Chelsea (the wonderful attacking team) are bottom with 0. Newcastle and West Ham are joint top with 4. Strange old game.

    • TheNutJob

      it is a strange game, but the facts are we`re at the bottom

  • Rich Lawson

    It’s not a ”crushing” blow for Palace,they are still only a win away from moving up the table.It’s a yoyo for everyone involved in the relegation battle.What we don’t want is to be relying on other team’s results.It’s still in our hands and that means 3 points against Southampton,not the hardest opposition we could face,and now rumoured to be sacking their manager at the end of the season whatever he does !!

    • TheNutJob

      i`m afraid we`ve been relying on other results for months