Crystal Palace fans are not happy, after seeing their side lose 4-0 at home to relegation rivals Sunderland in a massive six-pointer.
The Eagles came into today’s game on a high and looking to push on from a brilliant midweek win at Bournemouth, but it wasn’t to be.
The visitors took an early lead through Lamine Kone, after Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey spilt the ball. The Welsh keeper was in for serious criticism on twitter, with suggestions he is a League One level player and that he wouldn’t be good enough for a pub team.
I’ve said for 18 months that @WayneHennessey1 is a League One keeper at best. He never fails to disappoint me. He cannot be allowed to play.
— CPFCPete/BigSamFan (@CPFCPete) 4 February 2017
Lol! Maybe fat Sam should make @WayneHennessey1 watch mannone. Guy can punch the ball away and make a save ?
— Midgecpfc (@Midgecpfc) 4 February 2017
Wayne Hennessey wouldn’t get in my local pub team
— Freddie (@Fraiziesta) 4 February 2017
— Nick Edwards (@Nick1620Edwards) 4 February 2017
@WayneHennessey1 hello mate sending you my invoice for my train ticket from uni to the game today. £42.50. Take it out your undeserved wages
— James (@newlandsj) 4 February 2017
Hennessey had no chance of stopping the second goal though, with Didier Ndong hitting a stunning strike from twenty-five yards. That signalled a total collapse of Palace’s back-four and Jermain Defoe hit two stoppage time goals to make it 4-0 at the break.
A Palace fan ran onto the pitch as the players left the field at half-time, confronting Damien Delaney. The intrusion must have affected the Irishman, who didn’t re-emerge for the second half and was replaced by Andros Townsend.
The home supporters who stayed must have been hopeful their side would at least give it a go after the break, but they rarely troubled Vito Mannone in the Sunderland goal.
It was a massive win for the bottom of the table side, with it being only their second away victory of the campaign. It will give their fans hope they can avoid the drop.
For the Palace fans, it’s the complete opposite and some took to Twitter again after the game to make it clear what they thought of that performance.
— Jason Baptiste (@jasonbaptiste) 4 February 2017
We’re not down but that’s a massive drop closer and leaves us needing results against much better sides. Signs are ominous though. #cpfc
— Chris Hambling (@Hambo1980) 4 February 2017
— Josh Ruane (@joshruane98) 4 February 2017
— Jack Cottrell (@jack_cotty) 4 February 2017
All I’ve got to say is…. wtf was that today?!?!?!?! #CPFC
— Essex_Eagle ? ?? (@Essex_Eagle) 4 February 2017
I genuinely thought that Tuesday night might be the turning point in our season….
I was wrong #CPFC
— Matthew Watts (@theDiablo_96) 4 February 2017
Absolutely pitiful performance. Worst CPFC performance I’ve ever witnessed.
— A Boy Has No Name (@austin_laylee) 4 February 2017
#cpfc first time I’ve seen the fans turn on the players like that but do you blame them?
— Robbie T (@italksnse) 4 February 2017
We’ve turned into everything I hate about the Premier League. Overpaid mercenaries who don’t care about the shirt. The new QPR. #cpfc
— Kelly Wright (@KellyGerrish) 4 February 2017
Next up for Palace, who would be bottom but for a slightly superior goal difference, is a trip to Stoke City. Sam Allardyce and the fans will be expecting a performance much better than what was produced today.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena