In what has been a challenging run of games for Crystal Palace, the defeats are piling up. A poor defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup last four was followed up by a tame defeat at Newcastle United. This leaves Palace chasing their tail as they try and find some meaning in the games that remain this reason. Put simply, things have not been very impressive these past few weeks. Performances have fallen through the floor from the high of the seven-game unbeaten run. The Newcastle game was just the latest culmination in what looks to be an increasingly worrying run of form for the Eagles.
After the defeat in Newcastle, there were some pretty stern words for all of those involved. One player who had nothing to hide at full-time was Marc Guehi. The defender, who has been one of the most impressive players at the club this season, was very quick to shoot down any positives that could be taken from the game. After such a poor performance, suguar-coating things was not going to win anyone any fans.
Never one to shirk responsibility, the young defender put the situation in ideal perspective in his post-match comments afterwards.
What did Marc Guehi say after the Newcastle defeat?
With emotions likely still running high, Guehi was keen to make it clear that things were not currently good enough on the pitch. Speaking about the poor result up in Newcastle, which was epitomised by a dreadful start, Guehi told the official website: When you start a game like that in their place, you get what you deserve. We were second best to everything. They beat us to every duel, every challenge, and when you try to rally in the second half sometimes it can be too late. We had spells in the second half where we looked dangerous, but they were really aggressive and they looked like they wanted it more today. They thoroughly deserved the win.”
However, while most fans are likely to be feeling sore are such a poor result, Guehi was clear that the players were not giving up. Although there is precious little to play for now in the remaining part of the season, Guehi was clear that things would not just end on a dull note, saying: “We have to learn from this, and quickly. It’s vital – we tell ourselves that we’ve had a good season, but it’s not finished yet. It’s vital that it doesn’t peter out. It’s important that we get back to winning ways.”
It was a tough week for the fans, and it will not likely get any easier as the tough run-in continues. Palace are now in a position where they would find it nigh-impossible to match the best ever Premier League finish, though at least it sounds like the platers are not going to be quitting on the fans anytime soon.
After what has been a chastising period off the park, though, it is nice to see that the players have not lost faith off the park.