This is our game in hand and so it’s a great chance to pull ourselves further away from the danger zone, albeit against a team that’s challenging for the Premier League title. But, as we have seen over the past month or so, we are capable of giving any team in this league a game and I’m sure that’ll be the case again in this latest London derby.
Despite Spurs flying high towards the top of the table, Sam will have the squad believing that they can win tonight, and that self-belief was evident in our last two matches as we gained four precious points to put us on the brink of safety.
Last time we were here, we managed to overturn a two-goal deficit to grab a hard-earned draw against Leicester City who had been on a great run themselves. With hindsight, we can see how valuable that point was leading into the Liverpool game, leaving the players’ confidence sky-high and believing they could do anything.
Four days ago at Anfield, once again we went behind but the players showed they weren’t fazed and continued to stick to the plan, and it was incredible to leave there for the third season in a row with a victory. I was delighted to see Christian score twice to continue his purple patch; we always said that we bought him for his goals and now he has 16 to his name this season, with many of them so crucial to the cause. Hopefully there’s many more to come in the final five games!
We are so close to ensuring that we will be watching Premier League football in SE25 next season, and with season tickets for 2017/18 now on general sale, it is the perfect time to snap one up.
There is some great value to be had if you purchase as soon as possible, with seats available in all four stands at Selhurst Park, giving you plenty of choice of where you want to sit. However, recent results have seen a flurry of sales, so make sure you grab your seat for next season quickly before we sell out. That was the case for this season with nearly 18,000 purchased, helping to create the fantastic atmospheres that we have seen in recent weeks. Tonight, I know you’ll produce more of the same!
As well as a big evening on the pitch, tonight also sees the club recognise the work of Kick It Out throughout all levels of the game. Discrimination has no place in football, and if we can do anything as a club to share that message, we’re more than happy to do it.
The Palace for Life Foundation, alongside our LGBT group Proud and Palace, have put in some fantastic work recently to help boost the awareness of these issues, and continue to show that Crystal Palace is a club for everyone who is South London and Proud.
Up The Palace!