Looking at the sort of performances Crystal Palace have managed to conjure up in their last few fixtures, it really is surprising that they are not a top-half team.
The Eagles added to their recent win against Arsenal and draw versus Everton with a victory away at Cardiff City, with Andros Townsend getting his name on the scoresheet on the day.
With the likes of Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, you cannot help but feel Crystal Palace have it in them to record better league finishes.
Nevertheless, the win against Cardiff was a game to take positives from for the 27-year-old and co, and he has since been praised for how well he took his goal.
“From the moment Andros Townsend started his trek towards Cardiff’s goal, turned left at the corner of their 18-yard box and lined himself up for a shot on his left foot, you knew,” Garth Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport team of the week column.
“On numerous occasions, I have seen the Crystal Palace midfielder pick the ball and run at a defence before unleashing a shot destined for the back of the net.
“I’ve seen him do it for England, QPR, Tottenham and Palace – so why Cardiff didn’t see the goal coming and bring him down, well before the player took aim, I don’t know. Another Townsend classic.”
As Crooks has pointed out, the above is something supporters have become accustomed to seeing from Townsend.
However, this season, the England international seems to be having more success when it comes to going for goal in general and his overall attacking play.
To put things into perspective, that strike at the Cardiff City stadium took Townsend’s Premier League tally to five for the term, which is the same figure as his total from the last two campaigns combined.
If he can improve his decision-making further, not only his goal tally, but also his assist numbers should get better as the former Tottenham man looks to develop into a more consistent winger.
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