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Why Crystal Palace fans must calm down after 1-0 Watford defeat - Red and Blue View

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“Bench Wilf”

“Tyrick Mitchell isn’t good enough”

“We’re going down”

Just stop. Breathe. If you also hold these opinions, like a few Crystal Palace fans on Twitter, take a moment to realise why they’re so reactionary.

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Patrick Vieira. Three games in and also without Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze, Nathaniel Clyne, plus his captain, Luka Milivojevic.

The football has been encouraging. We can clearly see a change in approach coming to fruition, exemplified by our 66.1% of possession last night against Watford.

Yes, you may argue that it was a weak Watford XI. However, we could also see plenty of positive moves against Brentford, as the players harried, pressed and forced the Bees into mistakes, before breaking away.

It is abundantly clear that Vieira needs, at least, one more forward.

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Jordan Ayew and Jean-Philippe Mateta just aren’t good enough to be starting, in all honesty.

If he doesn’t get at least one more forward, then us here at We Are Palace might join the more anxious of you in the panic room.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that we’ve always struggled to score goals. Regardless of whether it’s under Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce, Tony Pulis or Neil Warnock, we have rarely won games by more than a goal.

Vieira isn’t going to change that overnight.

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Last but not least, the partnership of Joachim Andersen and Marc Guéhi looks absolutely outstanding, despite the fact they’ve only started two games together.

With those two at the back, Vieira has a solid foundation to build on.

Furthermore, with West Ham, Tottenham and Liverpool coming up, it’s time to get behind Vieira and the players amid what is going to be a difficult spell.

Above all, it’s stupidly early to panic – Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Vieira’s project at Selhurst Park won’t be either.

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