Monday 27 May 2013 was a very memorable day for Crystal Palace fans as this was the day the Eagles finally sealed their return to the Premier League.

Palace beat Watford 1-0 at Wembley to win the play-offs, a game that will live long in the memory of every Crystal Palace fan.

Two months have passed since then and it is almost time to find out whether the Eagles can compete at Premier League level.

We know already that clubs coming up from the Championship must make big signings to survive. 

Unfortunately, manager Ian Holloway has struggled to bring in new faces this summer. 

Dwight Gayle cost Palace £4.5million and is the only big money transfer Holloway has made. 

Gayle was playing non-league football just 13 months ago and has no experience at this level. 

Rumours that Wilfried Zaha could return to Crystal Palace on loan look unlikely after he put in some good pre-season performances for Manchester United. 

Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Crawley makes the Eagles hopes of Premier League survival look even bleaker. 

However, Holloway has been here before, he took Blackpool to the Premier League via the play-off route and was relegated. 

Hopefully for Palace, he has learnt from his mistakes. He will hope that his experienced players, like Kevin Phillips will help to achieve what he couldn't at Blackpool. 

We have seen Southampton and West Ham survive last season, but they spent money. We also saw Reading go down and they didn't. 

If Crystal Palace want to survive next season they need to realise they must spend money.


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