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FAN COLUMN: Supporting Crystal Palace is NEVER dull

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We have a special fan column with Tavinash Sanassee, who runs @PalaceStats on Twitter. Here is his take on what has been another great season at Selhurst Park... THIS season was a typical season for a Crystal Palace supporter with a rollercoaster ride being the best definition; it has been a different kind of ride this season though compared to previous years with it starting on a massive downhill spiral before steadily climbing towards the peak. It has been a season that couldn't be predicted throughout the whole league but for the Eagles, what happened after October was nothing short of a miracle. Ian Holloway brought an astounding amount of players into the club during the summer transfer window with three out of the 16 being left out of his 25-man Premier League squad. An interesting fact arose from this though. Three of those players failed to appear in the Premier League and all of the players he did sign accumulated 184 Premier League appearances out of a possible 148. This whole transfer outlook clearly showed Palace's non-existent organisation and Premier League relegation traits. Tony Pulis arrived a month after the former Blackpool manager departed Selhurst Park and his fresh ideas were clearly seen from the start. I had lost faith in the style of football that was played by Palace under Holloway but that that was re-ignited after a more counter attacking and stiff defending notion was introduced by the master tactician Pulis. Memorable games were part and parcel of the final two months of the season with the games against the two Merseyside clubs possibly being the greatest of them all. The trip to Everton epitomised the Eagles' season with the players and manager proving every doubter wrong and fighting until the bitter end. The same thought occurs in my mind when I think about the Liverpool game. Palace were 3-0 down and the fans were still behind the team, and from the moment Dwight Gayle was brought on, things started happening. It takes a team to fight but a special individual to spark the revival and for me Gayle is a player for the future. Supporting Crystal Palace is never dull and next season won't be any different.

FAN COLUMN: Supporting Crystal Palace is NEVER dull


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