Selhurst Shout: Attitude is key for Crystal Palace

11:42 05 October 2012

Dougie Freedman, Crystal Palace manager

Dougie Freedman, Crystal Palace manager

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Our Crystal Palace blogger assesses the season so far

About our blogger

Name: Daniel Smith

Twitter handle: @dmsmith1987

Season Ticket Holder

Favourite player: Glenn Murray

Most memorable game: Brighton 1 Palace 3 (2011-12)

Predicted finish: Mid-table

Crystal Palace’s recent run of form has shown that with the right support manager Dougie Freedman has been able to implement a playing style that has seen his side catapult up the table.

The team seems settled and is playing with a freedom not often witnessed around Selhurst Park. Using two wingers attacking from either side creates more service for the front man whilst also allowing the midfield to push forward and join in attacks. Seven league goals from midfield so far this campaign is a good return.

In addition to this, the signings of Damien Delaney and Darcy Blake have helped plug a defence that had conceded nine goals in the first three league games. Within the space of a month the Eagles have been able to metamorphose from a team second from bottom with no points into a side that are three points off of top spot.

This has led Freedman to call for a change in attitude at the club. Speaking to the Croydon Guardian’s website this week, the Scot said that leaving the recent troubled times behind for more ambition in everyone from the staff to the fans can be an important factor during this campaign, as has been shown with recent results.

Big derby wins and victory at Old Trafford last season gave everyone a glimpse of the potential of the team, and the current run could suggest that this may be being realised. Every club will have a bad day at the office, and Palace will have that, but it is important to keep the support and confidence going.

This is a side that did not panic when things weren’t going right, and has been rewarded for doing so. Belief and faith in what the management team are doing, with a little patience for when times are not so good, will help to steer this club forward.

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