Cursed Crystal Palace? Delaney says spell has been put on Eagles


Crystal Palace’s last league win came on December 19, a 2-1 win away from home at Stoke City.

Since then, the Eagles have gone 12 Premier League matches without a win (D4, L8), falling from fifth to 15th on the table in the process.

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It looked like the tides would turn this weekend when Palace were a goal and a man up against Liverpool, only to concede twice and suffer yet another defeat.

One man in the middle of that defeat was center-back Damien Delaney, whose challenge in stoppage time on Christian Benteke was deemed a foul, leading to Benteke’s game-winning penalty kick in the 96th minute.

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Speaking after the match, Delaney was confident things would turn around for Palace, although he admitted the recent results are hard to understand.

The way we’re playing, it has to turn, it has to turn. I’ve played in teams where we’ve been bad and we’ve been getting battered, this team haven’t.

We’ve been pretty OK, average, but good enough to get better results than we have done and it has to start turning for us. Hopefully this will be a turning point. Lord, Jesus, it’s unbelievable. Just thank God we accumulated so many points so early in the season.

You look at some of the goals that have gone in against us: the deflection for the first against Sunderland; Borini’s equaliser the other night … nine times out of 10 that doesn’t even go near going in. So I don’t know, maybe someone’s put a spell or something on us. But you can’t feel sorry for yourselves. It’s done.

Thanks to other results around the league, Palace still sit nine points above the drop and have avoided a true relegation battle. However, they remain the only team in England’s top four divisions without a league win in 2016.

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The Eagles should be safe, but for a team that was hoping for a spot in Europe earlier this season, just staying up will not be enough at Selhurst Park. With their next two matches against Leicester City and West Ham, one win could give Palace enough confidence to finish the season on with a good run.