Frustrations were apparent at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon. In what was a sombre day for the Huddersfield Town squad and fans, who saw themselves relegated with six games to go, Crystal Palace’s afternoon didn’t go exactly as they would’ve wanted either.
After the disappointing FA Cup exit, the Eagles were intent on making a statement. While they did notch up a victory eventually, they should’ve done it by packing a bigger punch. In an end-to-end game where Palace attempted 19 shots on goal, they only got 5 on target, with the rest from promising positions resulting in some of their worst finishing this season.
That, frankly, isn’t at all good enough.
If things went better, it could’ve been a cricket score! Their attacking trio of Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi and Andros Townsend were all guilty of some poor decision-making in the final third, leading to shockingly scuffed chances. Be it missing from yards out or from prime goal-scoring positions, they missed golden opportunities to round off some beautiful moves created by through some impressive team-work.
Obviously, no Palace fan reading this will need telling that a new striker must be bought over the course of the summer. However, the lack of one right now isn’t the only major issue seriously undermining the club’s attack. Indeed, it seems as if every forward-thinking player is struggling to convince in the final third, hinting at a much deeper issue on the training field and the like.
On a day where they could’ve exponentially improved their goal-difference, they ended up frustrating themselves with poor misses. Roy Hodgson needs to get them firing more often in front of goal, as the Eagles need to be much more clinical in the attacking third.
Chances won’t come as easily for Palace in every match. They cannot afford to miss from easy goal-scoring positions and need to integrate more lethality into their finishing to have a chance of an unlikely top-half table finish and beyond.
Palace fans, do you think the men upfront need to train on improving their finishing? Join the discussion by commenting below…