Steve Parish gives us his thoughts as Palace prepare to host West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park, giving our online audience the notes from our matchday programme feature, From The Boardroom.
It was great to come out of Vicarage Road with the three points last Sunday to rectify our couple of defeats against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. I really felt a strange sense of déjà vu when Wilf was brought down in a near identical spot to where he had been at Wembley two years ago against the same opposition, and Yohan even put the penalty in a similar spot to when Kevin Phillips clinched our promotion.
Our form on the road during 2015 has been nothing short of remarkable and this is a testament to the manager and players. Only Arsenal have won as many Premier League games away from home in that time, so that shows just how good things have been on our travels.
Things seem to be picking up at Selhurst too and it was great to see so many of you at Charlton Athletic last week cheering the boys on to a famous victory against our south London rivals.
It was a great derby day atmosphere and I was proud of the players who put in a professional performance to easily clinch us a spot in the fourth round.
We’ve been drawn against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium for that one and it couldn’t have been much tougher, but with the away form I mentioned earlier and the fact that we took them so close in SE25 a few weeks ago gives me plenty of optimism that we can go up there and try and continue our progress in the competition.
In between the two victories, there was more good news to come out of the club last week with Yannick Bolasie signing a new contract with us.
I’m delighted that we have been able to tie down another of our star players to a longer deal, and Yannick fully deserves it for the effort he has put in since we picked him up from Bristol City over three years ago.
During that time he has worked hard on his game and developed into a wonderful footballer, and by keeping the likes of himself, Scott Dann and Joel Ward here, we are maintaining a solid foundation of great players that we’re helping to nurture while adding some fantastic acquisitions to play alongside them in the first-team.
That’s one of the main reasons why we’re currently flying high in the league, and it’s brilliant to see. We’re realistic to know that it’s early days but I know the management and squad will keep pushing to try to finish as high as we can come May.
Three points today would be another big step towards our goals, but as with all Premier League games it won’t be easy so let’s get right behind the boys as we do and see if we can go into the international break in the top six again.
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