With a trip to St Mary’s for the FA Cup fourth r afternoon, thoughts return to our last victory on the south coast in August 2007 when James Scowcroft netted a treble in a 4-1 victory.tomorrowound against Southampton coming up
Scowcroft headed home a Stuart Green corner before seconds later getting the better of his man to win the ball before lobbing Saints keeper Bartosz Bialkowski to give Palace a two goal advantage in the first 31 minutes.
The striker went on to complete his hat-trick in the second half before Clinton Morrison scored a fourth to complete a great opening day of the season for The Eagles, and the striker remembers the game, against his former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, as one that the side went into with expectation levels at a sensible level.
“We went into the 2007/08 season on the back of a good second half of the previous season and the supporters were right behind the team and the manager," he said. "With not so much expectation on a team’s shoulders it can work for you and even though we had a small squad we were a tight knit group of players and Peter Taylor had worked hard over the summer to mould the team.
“Going in to the season the pressure was off but looking at our teamsheet at the time we had plenty of players with experience and were not surprised at how well we started the season with a good away win.
“As with any player in the side you do not look back on your performance but take stock from a team point of view and that day those three goals gave us all the perfect start to the season.”
Looking at Palace’s trip to the Saints on Saturday James is confident that Alan Pardew’s side can continue their fine run of late, having won all their three of their games under his management.
Scowcroft added: “The last round against Dover Athletic was Alan Pardew’s first game and the match gave him an opportunity to see quite a few of the squad play and proved a great start for him.
“Two comebacks in the last couple of games shows the character in the team and against a side who are right up there in Southampton they will need to show plenty of that on Saturday.
"It’s the FA Cup and the club will be keen on getting on a run in this competition, I have seen the team play quite a bit this season and can see no reason why the boys can’t go down there and get a result.
“Both teams know that a result tomorrow can really set you on your way and in previous years teams like Wigan Athletic and Hull City have shown how you can progress in this competition once you get through the early rounds."