Malcolm Dawson writes….Big Sam has set out his stall. It looks like we can expect a defensive mindset for the rest of this campaign. His theory is don’t concede and you can’t lose. Can’t say I’m looking forward to Saturday’s encounter with Stoke but his tactic worked at Selhurst Park and he’s got a villa in Spain so who am I to doubt his approach. He was chuffed enough with the way things went in Sarf East Larndan as his post match e-mail to M Salut shows.
CRYSTAL PALACE 0 SUNDERLAND 1
I know our fans might not agree but I think that’s a bigger win than the one over Newcastle United. To come away from Selhurst Park with a win and a clean-sheet after we’ve conceded as many goals as we have in recent weeks is massive for us. Today we showed a huge amount of resilience and I’m hoping to use that as a base to kick on, get more points and results, and climb up the table.
It’s our first away win of the season and it’s a massive result for us. Both of our wins this season have come with clean-sheets and it’s no coincidence. This win is just as satisfying as our derby victory last month.
Jermain Defoe chased something down that looked like a lost cause and then he capitalised on a mistake from the Palace keeper. It was late in the game and we knew we didn’t have too long to defend. In those final 10 minutes we defended superbly and deserved to win the game.
Thanks for your support,