Crystal Palace disrespected the point in the only way acceptable to Sam Allardyce. Not through style, class or invention, but through togetherness, determination and perspiration. Little annoys Allardyce more than seeing his team lose a game that they could have drawn by throwing needless caution to the wind and this was a contest that could so easily have finished goalless, but one goal from Patrick van Aanholt was enough to earn Palace a precious victory over opponents whose timidness in attack risks bringing about their downfall.
This was only Palace’s second league win under Allardyce and their third at home this season. The prospect of relegation still haunts them, despite moving a point above the bottom three. Not for nothing is Allardyce known as a survival expert, however, and instead it was Middlesbrough, stodgy and limited, who looked the likelier team to be playing in the Championship next year.
Source: Football News
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