Blossy's Palace: Attack or not to attack? That is the question
If Palace fans were in any doubt about the task facing us this season then you only had to look at the two team sheets before our game against Spurs.
I had one look at the teams and swiftly went to the bar to order another pint of Cronx.
On paper it just seemed a complete mismatch. Was this a Premier League tie or an FA cup game? It was mental.
Tottenham had a £26 million striker up front and we had Dwight Gayle, who only a few years ago was playing in non-league football.
But this is where the mis match ended. As soon as that whistle went to start the game we were even competitors.
As I said in last week's column, it was not long before Jedinak had put in his first crunching tackle much to the joy of thousands of Palace fans. Welcome to Selhurst Park chaps, there are no easy rides here.
It was a tight game and there are many aspects of that performance we can be proud of but there is a conundrum facing Ian Holloway.
How does he get this team to step out of their comfort zone and attack?
In his press conferences before and after the game Holloway made no secret of the fact that he wants his team to be more adventurous.
The problem he faces though is the Dougie factor. The players Holloway inherited from his predecessor are so well drilled in the art of defending that it is basically their default mode.
When Holloway first took over he changed little (by his own admission there was little to change) and Palace won games. He then tried to change things and Palace did not win games. Then he went back to basics (by his own admission) and we got promoted.
But as we all know the Premier League is a different and an altogether more dangerous animal than the Championship.
Defending your way to victory is very difficult indeed.
Holloway knows against certain teams we need to be more adventurous. Our most dangerous pattern of play against Spurs came after three attacking subs from Holloway.
The Palace boss will be wary about changing too much but to stay up there are going to be times when his side will have to switch from their defensive default mode to a more attacking one.
It is a tough balance to find but I have every confidence Holloway can find it.
Bring on Stoke.
(P.S - A quick observation. Did anyone else think Spurs' team were ridiculously tall last week? It reminded me of that scene in Space Jam when Michael Jordan's team takes on the monsters. Even Jedinak looked small when Capoue came on. Talk about land of the giants.
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