Crystal Palace hit an all-time low as they totally capitulated at the hands of Sky Bet Championship opposition Bristol City, losing by four goals to one in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Despite the rise of the Eagles and the fall of the Robins over the years since their regular battles in the second division, City still continued to dominate the fixture as they swept aside an under-strength Palace side once more. Goals from Matty Taylor, Milan Đurić, Joe Bryan and Callum O’Dowda comprehensively assured victory for the hosts as Bakary Sako’s opener was cancelled out.
The defeat leaves the Palace camp under severe scrutiny and pressure ahead of the crunch game at home to West Ham United on Saturday. The 2,000+ travelling away contingent were loud in voice for much of the game but were treated to yet another abject performance from their players. Fans began to turn on goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey by chanting Julián Speroni’s name and a certain individual in the Palace crowd threw back Senegalese defender Pape Souaré’s shirt after he offered it in apology at the end.
Tensions around the club continue to grow between the fans, the playing staff and the boardroom. The defeat at Ashton Gate was totally unacceptable in the opinion of many, with fans asking for the players to cough up and repay those who travelled to the game in support. This is seen as one bad performance too far for a set of players who failed to even show any passion, fight or spirit in losing to supposedly inferior opposition.
The curse of Ashton Gate continues 37 years on no matter what happens. Bristol City have caused me some of my most painful memories as a Palace fan and to see them humiliate us once again is just too much now. Last time we lost 4-1 there, we ended up going on a 14 game unbeaten run and getting promoted. I’m pretty sure we won’t see anything like that from this crop of players, who quite frankly, didn’t even show they were worthy of Championship standard. Embarrassing, shocking but you know what? Not surprising anymore. It’s that bad. There is no coming back from this if we lose on Saturday. It would see us reach unseen lows, even worse than Villa or Sunderland managed. How just how is this happening? Bristol City continue to haunt us at our worst moments. Capitulation to the fear of our playing record there?