Crystal Palace fell to a last-gasp 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at Selhurst Park on Monday night, but fans of their relegation rivals Southampton were impressed with what they saw and believe the Eagles have enough to stay up.
Roy Hodgson’s men looked to be on course to pick up all three points and move out of the relegation zone and above Saints in the standings when they led 2-0 early in the second half, but goals from Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic gave the visitors a victory that was cruel on the hosts.
Despite having a number of stars absent through injury, the south London outfit were dangerous and their players put in plenty of effort – something that hasn’t always seemed to be the case with the south coast outfit this term with under-fire manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
Southampton supporters were quick to have their say on Palace’s display via social media, and while one said “I see more chance of Palace staying up than us on that performance”, another said they are ‘twice the side Southampton or Stoke are’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Yes, but imagine if #saintsfc actually showed that endeavour. The fans stayed with them as a result. We're just so lacklustre, rarely are we on it for 90 mins. I see more chance of Palace staying up than us on that performance.
— Neilshida (@saints247) March 5, 2018
United doing us a favour there, and keeps #SaintsFC out of the relegation zone at the end of this weekend of results 🔴⚪️
Saints will need to match Palace’s effort – (credit to them), and other teams around us to stay out of trouble though 🤞
— Saints Marching (@SaintsMarching_) March 5, 2018
I really do feel for Palace, they were definitely putting up a fight!
But we so needed United to win that game!
— YASMIN ♥ (@MissYjw1) March 5, 2018
Palace looked dangerous playing 2 up top, maybe Pellegrino should try it #SaintsFC
— Ekelund 24 (@Ekelund24) March 5, 2018
Still doesn’t do much to our situation, Palace are a better side then us with Zaha… #saintsfc
— Nathan Thomas (@Nathanthomasj) March 5, 2018
— Flipper King (@PinballWizz1) March 5, 2018
Unfortunately #saintsfc fans, this palace side will get more wins, I've no doubt….yet I've plenty of doubt we'll win any
— Ed (@Sainted7) March 5, 2018
Palace don’t need to worry. Decent fixture list and twice the side of #saintsfc and Stoke. Play with this attitude and they will be fine.
— Andrew Davis (@andydavis1978) March 5, 2018
OH LOOK… palace have 2 big CF's on the pitch and it's causing all sorts of problems. At least they are fighting. 🙄#saintsfc
— daveeee (@ALEXAJUICY) March 5, 2018