Palace went in 1-0 down at the break and looked like a team with nothing to play for. Barnsley had the hunger and the desire, and while they didn't have the skill level of Taylor's men, they worked with what they'd got and took the lead. One would hope that Palace might play for a bit of pride in the second half, but it was not to be... And so it ended, with Palace losing to relegation fodder Barnsley. Palace looked comfortable in the opening exchanges of the game, but soon crumbled when Barnsley took the lead. Palace didn't recover and went in second best at the break. In the 2nd half Palace played some better football, but a loose pass in midfield from Jobi McAnuff saw Barnsley win a penalty. It was converted, and from 2-0 down Palace were never, ever going to recover. The positives? Dave Martin and Lewis Grabban. Martin showed good legs and Grabban was denied a goal by the width of a post. As for Julian Speroni, it was an average performance highlighting why he's not our number 1 keeper. Text nicked from EagleEye Live, edited by me.
So, mid table mediocrity it is for Palace. We can't make the play-offs and we can't be relegated which makes a pleasant change! So our season is over even though we have two more games to play and based on this performance we're not even going to play for pride, hence the additional label of 'disgrace' on this post.
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Next fixture: Sun 29th home to Derby
Due to our holiday I missed posting four Palace results. I know you missed them so here they are:
Sat 31st Mar Home to Sheffield Wed Lost 1-2
Sat 7th Apr Home to Preston Won 3-0
Mon 9th Apr Away to Stoke City Lost 1-2
Sat 14th Apr Home to Wolves Drew 2-2
Nothing to get excited about!