As Conor Gallagher sat disheartened in the middle of the pitch, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira approached to offer a few words and hugs of comfort and encouragement, to recognize the Chelsea youngster’s efforts in what has taken place. turned out to be another very frustrating day for their team. .
Palace had just conceded a final tying goal from a corner kick at Arsenal, setting aside more than 90 minutes of excellent efforts at the Emirates – a place Vieira himself helped build almost two decades ago, although he was never quite finished before he left in 2005 It was already the Eagles’ fifth (5th!) draw of the season, most in the Premier League.
“It’s horrible, honestly, it’s so horrible. Coming back from 1-0 to Arsenal is good, isn’t it? To hold out until the last 30 seconds is just awful. We are disgusted.
“It’s worse than a loss – if it’s possible. Nothing is worse than thinking that you have three points and having them taken away from you. We have to learn from little mistakes […] take it on the chin and move on.
-Conor Gallagher; source: Sky via Mail
Arsenal scored early thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but from then on the game was up to the visitors – although it took them until the second half to turn things around on the scoreboard. While Aaron Ramsdale matched Gallagher’s excellent effort in the dying moments of the first half, he could not do anything against the infallible finishes of Christian Benteke in the 50th and Odsonne Édouard in the 73rd.
Gallagher, who played a key role throughout the match as he has done all season – and had to do so especially in this one, with Wilfried Zaha missing – started the movement for the second goal, winning the ball in his own half, then leading the counter before playing to (former Chelsea prospect) Michael Olise, who would give the ball to Edward to spank it viscerally under the crossbar.
While Palace have only lost twice all season yet (only the current top four have fewer losses), they have also won only once (only the current bottom three have fewer wins). Ultimately, they will have to turn those draws into wins, if they are to avoid the danger of relegation. But they’re certainly on the right track, and Gallagher continues to play a huge role in those goals – maybe a trip to Newcastle next weekend will do the trick.
Meanwhile, at the top, Chelsea are one point ahead after eight games. A fifth of the way!