Crystal Palace reached the 36-point threshold, which is expected to be enough for survival, with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the weekend, although the result had very different consequences for the Terriers, who were relegated.
Jan Siewert’s side were not for the want of trying, though, with Chris Lowe testing Vicente Guaita twice in quick succession – the Spaniard was equal to the task, though, flying to stop the German’s header and then tipping a second effort around the post.
The Eagles ‘keeper bounced back from a shaky performance at Watford in their FA Cup quarter-final clash – the former Getafe man’s decision making was questionable on that day, but his shot-stopping abilities saved Palace from being one or two down at the end of the first-half.
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Fortunately for the 6 ft 3 ace, the players in front of him were far better after the restart and could have run away with it. Another sparkling performance from Wilfried Zaha stood out – the Ivorian could have had a brace at least – but Guaita’s first-45 heroics were enough to see the custodian voted man of the match by the Selhurst Park faithful.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter…
Good as coukd not believe the doubters after Watford. Great to have an agile keeper!
— Jon C (@JonCook63456582) April 1, 2019
He got my vote, the tip round the post was a world class save.
— Dave Hill (@Cpfc1905Dh) April 1, 2019
— Mark Drew (@MarkDre19499496) April 1, 2019
Excellent. Poor Wayne.
— palace (@hugobear9) April 1, 2019
— Kieron.Potter21 (@KPotter21) April 1, 2019
— Keith (@kpescort) April 1, 2019