Premier League new boys Crystal Palace won their first three points of the season, after a 3-1 win over struggling Sunderland, thanks in no small part by their excellent defence.
Although winning 3-1 with goals from Danny Gabidon, Dwight Gayle and Stuart O’Keefe, it was Crystal Palace’s defence that were once again the stars of the show.
Although sometimes struggling offensively, Palace fans can take pleasure from the fact that their defence have really adapted to the Premier League, with impressive performances against Tottenham, Southampton and Sunderland.
Towards the end of the game against Sunderland, with the away team pressing hard to try and get an equaliser, it was the impressive defenders of Crystal Palace that kept them at bay and allowed them to break and score the winner.
Palace’s captain Mile Jedinak has been absolutely outstanding in the holding midfield role in all three of Palace’s games. His awareness, tackling and seeming ability to be everywhere at once, will certainly give Palace more chance of avoiding the drop towards the end of the season should the Australian’s form continue.
Behind Jedinak, has been a very solid back four, which will definitely help Palace over the coming season.
Palace right-back Joel Ward was arguably the star of the show against Sunderland getting up and down the Palace right hand side with great efficiency.
Not only was his defending top notch against the likes of Emanuele Giaccherini for Sunderland, he also helped massively while up the flank, helping Palace develop counter attacks.
On the opposite flank, Palace left back Dean Moxey has also been impressive, although more attacking than Ward and not quite as defensively sound, he has also impressed.
Never afraid to join the attack and put in a cross, Moxey could really give Palace the width they need, especially since Dwight Gayle will cut inside.
However the solid partnership of Danny Gabbidon and Damien Delaney have been key for Palace to keep out as few goals as possible.
Gabbidon being the only player in the Palace line-up with any real Premier League experience,
has really helped his team mates adapt to the premier League.
Delaney has been just as impressive, strong in the air, and reading the game well.
Needless to say, Palace have one of the more solid defences in the league this season, even if their attack isn’t really up and running yet.
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