A brilliant six days last week began with a marvellous win against Manchester City at Selhurst.
It was a huge result for us, we played really well and as we all know when you play against some of the big teams you need an element of luck and maybe we had that, but we still went up the other end and scored a couple of great goals.
We really took it to them, stopped City having too many chances and took our opportunities when they were presented to us. It was a real team effort and I hadn’t seen Selhurst buzzing like that for a while so it was great to sample that again.
It’s fantastic when you get the big scalps but for us to continue our run of late was just as important. It was always going to be a difficult game but to come out on top has given everyone a bit of a spring in their step as we know that we can do that against anybody.
After that superb game, I finally was able to pull on a Palace shirt again up at Sunderland. We started slowly, myself probably more than most, but we’re really getting an understanding of what the gaffer wants on a weekly basis. That’s been showing and we’ve been getting our rewards from that, especially in that game where we could have had a few more goals.
To win the game 4-1 it’s got to be up there with our best away performances since I’ve been here, but there are so many now. For me the Everton ones always stick out just for the way that we played those days, however it is not easy to go up to Sunderland and win, they don’t lose too many games there particularly by the margin that we won by.
The win also saw us surpass our original 40 point target for the season but I don’t think anyone’s made a hoopla about it because it’s still mathematically possible we could still go down, but although we’re not talking or thinking about that we’ve now set new targets and we try and push on. That’s what’s been asked of us and what we’re asking of each other, to keep kicking on.
I can’t wait to get back out there this afternoon, I’ve walked past the stand a few times recently and the fans have been very kind to me but to get out and compete in front of them and hopefully get another great performance would be fantastic, I’m really looking forward to it.
I’m also looking forward to seeing our former manager Tony Pulis again. He’s coming back to where he had so much success last year and it’ll be great to see him and say hello at some stage.