Crystal Palace saw their run winless run extend to four Premier League matches on Saturday afternoon, losing 2-1 to Chelsea at Selhurst Park, with their fate of dropping into the relegation zone now laying in the hands of other teams.
West Ham United play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday and Nottingham Forest play Leicester City on Monday night, with a win for any of these teams potentially pushing Palace further down the table.
As a result, Patrick Vieira will be incredibly disappointed with his team’s lack of composure, especially in the final moments of the fixture, when former Eagles loanee Conor Gallagher found the winning goal in the 90th minute.
Despite hosting at Selhurst Park, Palace failed to hold possession (36%) against Graham Potter’s side, as well as taking fewer shots at goal (seven to 13) and completing fewer accurate passes (77% v 88%).
In the first half, it had looked very promising for the home side, with Odsonne Edouard opening the scoring in the seventh minute of the clash.
In fact, Palace held off their opponent’s advances for the majority of the opening stages, but half an hour later Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drew Chelsea level, and the Eagles had work to do again.
In the second half, Palace put on a great defensive display but, towards the end of the game, struggled to hold off Chelsea, before Gallagher found the back of the net to steal all three points.
One player who was a complete passenger throughout the game was midfielder Cheick Doucoure, with the midfielder struggling to make any real impact in the centre of the pitch.
Over his 84-minute appearance, the 22-year-old enjoyed fewer touches of the ball than Vincente Guiata – 28 to 35 – between the Palace sticks, while he also lost 83% of his duels and made no tackles – providing that he wasn’t effective in his position, with his returns seeing him earn a disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.7.
Indeed, the French manager simply must figure out how to reignite the exciting and dominating football his side were renowned for last season, as their current form is suggesting that Palace could be in for a very long and difficult season – if things don’t change quickly.