We are Palace and we are united
Quite a lot has taken place since my last blog.
We got our first win against Sunderland, we brought five players in on deadline day, picked our 25 man squad and now we are faced with the prospect of playing Manchester United today at Old Trafford.
One thing I would like to focus on this week is unity.
I have had quite a few people telling me Palace are in disarray at the moment. With many pointing to the outbursts of Florian Marange and Owen Garvan as a sign that things are not well in the Palace camp.
Then of course there are the rumours that Holloway and the board are not seeing eye to eye.
I will be honest, what a load of absolute rubbish.
Seeing Holloway at his pre match press conference on Thursday (I hope you followed our live tweets) he seemed a rejuvenated man.
Questions about Marange and Garvan were explained honestly and at the same time swatted away any fears of a team crisis.
Garvan wanted first team football and would not settle for less. So that is the reason why he was not included. Marange was not the player they thought he would be.
Understandably people have questioned why we got Marange in the first place. Probably the same reason why Manchester United got Djemba Djemba. They believed he was good enough.
We all make mistakes.
But back on the subject of unity, Holloway made it clear that he wants his new players to know what this club is about with everyone pulling in the same direction. The casualty of Owen Garvan highlighted what happened if you strayed from that path.
He said of his team, specifically the new player that: “They have to play like a fan would, they have to care like a fan would. That is what my teams in the past have managed to do.”
Holloway also said about the honour of playing for Palace, the passion of the fans and the togetherness of the club.
It reminded me of his pre match press conferences against Brighton and Watford in the play-offs. That was the start of something special.
If there was any sign of disharmony, I didn’t see it. Holloway’s enthusiasm was glowing again after the stresses of the transfer window.
Today’s game doesn’t get much tougher, but Palace and Holloway seem ready for the challenge.
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