COLUMNIST and Crystal Palace fan ZOE MESSENBIRD was underwhelmed by the display against Burnley, and fears a season of struggle lies ahead...
HAVING missed the first couple of games this season, Saturday's fixture was one I was particularly looking forward to. After finally getting my head around the fact that Pulis had gone, I thought I would return to Selhurst optimistic that perhaps Neil Warnock could keep us in the Premier League.
I am not entirely sure why we chose to reappoint Warnock as the Palace manager. My only positive thought for the reappointment was the fact he is, without a doubt, a great motivator, and with some of the players now experiencing their third manager walk out on them in the space of a couple of years, a motivator is exactly what we need if we are going to have any chance of survival.
But this wasn't the case on Saturday, as most heads seemed down and the players failed to show any passion and fight. I am trying hard to find positives from the game and apart from Speroni's amazing save, and a positive performance from Jonny Williams when he came on, I was unimpressed with the 90 minutes I sat through.
I know that if a few of the chances at the beginning of the game had converted then it would have been a different story, but they didn't, and I left the ground wondering how we were going to survive this season.
We have been extremely fortunate with our run of games at the beginning of the season. We should be picking up points against these types of clubs and we would usually hope to get something from likes of Burnley.
I know that two points out of four games isn't the end of the world, but I really fear for our season when we entertain the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, because Saturday's game looked like nothing more than a Championship fixture.
I hope we don't end up there next season.