Dwight Gayle hammers penalty kick home to lift Crystal Palace to first win
You know what I like about the Dwight Gayle penalty kick goal for Crystal Palace? Simply that Ian Holloway allowed him to take it. I would not have thought that Gayle would be the first option for Palace to take a penalty kick in the latter stages of a game tied at 1 goal a piece. But, Gayle was the player fouled, and Gayle was the player who stepped up confidently and slotted the ball underneath the Sunderland keeper.
Palace added another and the place erupted after the final whistle as Palace was victorious for the first time in their first 3 matches.
Palace is a fun team. They had a pretty valiant defensive effort against Spurs. They were piercing through Sunderland’s defense late in this one even before the penalty/red card that led to Gayle giving Palace the 2-1 lead. They went straight at Sunderland’s defense, which was simply inviting shots. Palace may have been better served trying to slot in some through balls on those breaks, but, their pace and energy is fun to watch.
As for Gayle…he started his senior career on a team called Stansted in the “Essex Senior League” on the…wait for it…wait for it…NINTH level of English club football.
He’s fun to watch and that just adds to it. The best news of the day for Palace, however:
QPR midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed he turned down an approach from Crystal Palace, admitting “it is not the right move” for him.
Palace is a ton of fun to watch, that would all go away if they signed Barton, a player that is impossible to root for. Between Cardiff City and Palace, it’s tough to tell which team is yet going to emerge as the better cinderella story, but, if today was any indication, it should be a fun ride to find out.