Crystal Palace took a big step towards returning to the Premier League’s top half on Saturday.
The Eagles hosted Newcastle United at Selhurst Park, and won 1-0 thanks to a fantastic free-kick from Netherlands international Patrick van Aanholt. Their first victory in eight games means they are now nine points clear of the relegation zone in 13th place, and only three points away from getting back into the top ten.
Several of Roy Hodgson’s men put in performances that were worth celebrating, and James McArthur is one of his players who stood out – at least according to the supporters. Many were over the moon with the showing he put in, and they took to Twitter to share their delight.
McArthur excellent today going forward, much more like his old self!
— James (@Sitdown_Jim) February 22, 2020
Ayew and McArthur magnificent today. Amazing what high pressing tactics can do; why do we not see it more often?! Maybe this is the turning point for Roy. Should’ve been out of sight with those two Ayew chances too. #CPFC
— Martin Patrick (@mpatrick_uk) February 22, 2020
James McArthur is vital to us… my MOTM today
— Tom Curtis (@cpfctom99) February 22, 2020
Macca was unreal today
— Ethan (@Ayew_SZN) February 22, 2020
McArthur was good in that attacking role, wasn’t he?
— Robert Sutherland (@RoDuSu) February 22, 2020
Mcarthur was outstanding
— neil ogilvie (@neiog) February 22, 2020
It was surprising that so many fans thought he had a fantastic day at the office – he was dribbled past five times and gave away three fouls. Clearly, stats don’t tell the whole story.
Others, meanwhile, were quick to point out how underrated he is.
Weekly reminder that James McArthur is grossly underrated and should be a club legend for the shifts he puts in. #CRYNEW
— Palace and Beer (@PalaceBeer) February 22, 2020
He is amazing. His work rate, effort and ability are constantly underrated. MOM today
— Randomgazer (@randomgazer) February 22, 2020
The fans obviously think he is deserving of far more praise than he currently gets. But if he plays like this on a regular basis, supporters will likely be quick to share their adulation far more often.