If one thing was crystal clear from our 1-1 draw against Brighton, it was that the players were well and truly up for the fight.
James McArthur and Joel Ward were involved in a brawl at full-time, Joachim Andersen threw Neal Maupay to the ground, and some strong tackles were made.
However, an interesting graphic from The Other 14 – a Twitter account focusing on clubs outside the so-called top six – shows just how fired up the Crystal Palace players were.
Most Pressures Applied from TheOther14 in #PL week 6. @Other14The @jordan_ayew9 pressing the most often this week.#CPFC #BHAFC #AVFC #twitterclarets #EFC #NUFC #LCFC #NCFC #Wolves pic.twitter.com/uIJl1gVC5D— TheOther14 (@Other14The) September 28, 2021
As you can see, our boys ran their socks off – they were determined to win.
Jordan Ayew applied the most presses of all players at clubs outside the top six this game-week with an impressive 33.
Yes, he should’ve scored, but you can’t question his work rate.
Unsurprisingly, Conor Gallagher is a close second with 31 presses.
At 7th in the list is Wilfried Zaha with 27, whereas James McArthur and Odsonne Edouard pressed 25 and 24 times respectively.
Tyrick Mitchell also makes the graphic, pressing 20 times.
It might not seem like much, but this is very interesting.
We’ve gone from a side who looked more static than a netball team, to one who allow the opposition no rest whatsoever – it’s great to see.
No other side on the list have more than three players involved, so it’s quite interesting to see double that amount feature from our squad.
Where has this energy come from?!
We know Vieira had the players doing double training sessions at Copers Cope, although we didn’t expect to see an impact this quickly.
It’s so refreshing to see – long may it continue.