I, like most Palace fans, was delighted to see the return of one of last season's top performers in Marouane Chamakh last weekend. Chammers' performances last season were a key figure in our successful revival of last season. Very quickly we are seeing the tactics and formation of Tony Pulis transforming into a slightly altered, more assertive Neil Warnock style. One of the biggest changes we have seen early on is a slight alteration in midfield of us dropping the 'number 10 position' and having two more neutral box-to-box central midfielders ahead of Mile Jedinak. The transformation has worked perfectly so far, we seem to have retained the counter attacking drive in the final third and now even seem a lot more comfortable on the ball. The formation change is similar to the one found in Warnock's first regime, which was more of a standard 4-3-3, so there is no surprise to see Neil tamper and create an adaptation of the former setup. The one concern this raises with me is where we can fit Chamakh in the squad, I think last season massively proved that Marouane is most comfortable in behind the striker where he can have a bit of space to move the ball and arrive late onto the edge of the box in attacking moves. Playing with our current formation wouldn't allow us to use Chammers in the same role and I feel he wouldn't be as affective because of that. When the news was eventually broken that Warnock would be taking over the helm I think a huge majority of the Eagles cohort were disappointed. I, like most fans, will hold our hands up and say it was a shrewd appointment, agreed there is a hell of a long way left in the campaign but the squad have really taken to Neil and his approach since day one. One thing I'd mostly like to praise Warnock on is the togetherness of the squad, I think most people would agree we as a club are so reliant on spirit and we've always seemed to have it in abundance and arguably it's what kept us up last season. The spirit under Neil does feel different to the one under Pulis which seems strange to say. The two managers have very different techniques; Tony believes we should always be underdogs and proving people wrong is what we should aspire to do. My understanding from the camp is that Neil wants his players to feel as if they shouldn't be underdogs and deserve their place where they are. When we scored the second against Leicester, all ten outfield players were in celebration together and that's so heart-warming as a fan to see. The players speak highly of Neil and I now have my full trust in his judgement. I would like all other fans to come together now to back Neil. After all, we are now "Neil Warnock's red 'n' blue army".
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