So, another weekend of Championship football is over, as is another lacklustre performance from Crystal Palace. Fresh off a mid-week penalty shoot-out failure against Portsmouth, Crystal Palace were second best against a team who, like Palace, were probably relegation candidates at the start of the season.
The frustrating thing, as against Ipswich, is that Palace made a bright start and could have been one up after two minutes through Kieran Djilali but he shot just wide. Then all fell apart when a slack 12 minute period before half-time condemned the Eagles to another defeat.
However, Scunthorpe lie in the top half of the table and are preparing for a visit from Premier League giants Manchester United in the third round of the Carling Cup; whilst Crystal Palace go into the international break on back of three successive defeats.
Now, I’m not a manager, but I cannot understand why Edgar Davids is being deployed in the left back position. Davids was not at fault for any of the goals, but his performance didn’t contribute a great deal to the cause, through no real fault of his own (apart from saying he wouldn't mind playing at left back).
His hunger is still there and is clear for all to see. Just ask Scunthorpe goal scorer Jonathon Forte. Forte said after the game that Davids was quick to take him out after ten minutes and then had the class to tell him ‘where to go’!
Judging from Saturday’s performance, Davids has installed himself as ‘team leader’, despite not being captain. He was shouting and gesticulating all over the place at Glanford Park.
Although it is the manager’s decision, I would much rather see Edgar Davids starting in midfield as he has the ability to see things other players don’t and I believe he can open the door from the centre. Plus a few tasty tackles flying in could be what Palace need at the moment.
George Burley admitted that we have a lot of rebuilding to do, and from the start we’ve had this is clear to all Palace fans, but let’s hope we can get the best out of Davids and he can help to stand us in good stead for the future.
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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