Team Review: Crystal Palace in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 14, 2014
Crystal Palace in the 2013-14 Season

Premier League Finish: 11th

Match Results: W13-D6-L19

(Featured image: Crystal Palace | Source: telegraph.co.uk)

 

Crystal Palace may have not concluded their campaign on top of the race nor did they achieve hifalutin successes over their powerhouse rivals (with a little exception), but they certainly carried out the best turnaround in the English Premier League last season. They were a dying team in the first several fixtures and reached rock bottom without even experiencing what it feels like to be online betting favorites. But upon Tony Pulis’ takeover as new manager on November 23, miracles started happening. In a nutshell, the Eagles wrote the most special rags-to-riches story in the tournament last term.

 

Palace opened their top-tier season under the tutelage of Ian Holloway with back-to-back defeats from Spurs and Stoke City. This was briefly forgotten with a rousing victory at Sunderland but seven matches following that, the Eagles have always gone home empty-handed. They were at the flanks of the relegation zone and almost certainly stayed there for the rest of the season if not for the incredible intervention of Pulis.

 

The manager’s first win came on early December with a one-goal clean sheet against West Ham United. The following month, he made five signings, which included Tom Ince (on-loan) from Blackpool, Joe Ledley from Celtic, Scott Dann from Blackburn Rovers, Jason Puncheon from Southampton, and Wayne Hennessey from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

The new additions provided the Eagles a much stronger defense and went on to rake five consecutive victories over such teams as Chelsea, Cardiff, Aston Villa, Everton, and West Ham United. By the end of the season, they rose from being at the foot of the table to near the top half. This outstanding achievement helped the side remain in the top-flight league and spend another season there. This unbelievable feat was also the main reason why Pulis was declared EPL’s Manager of the Season.

 

All in all, Crystal Palace obtained eight home victories and five away wins in the top-flight competition. Amongst the players, Puncheon and Dwight Gayle scored the most goals, with each netting seven.