A 3-2 win that Shef𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙s good, Palace fans
By Alessandro Schiavone at Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 3-2 Sheffield United
Goals: Diaz (SU), Eze (CP), McAtee (SU), Eze (CP), Olise (CP)
Now, that was a terrifically entertaining contest between two of the Premier League's three lowest-scoring sides before kick-off as Crystal Palace came from behind to stun Championship-bound Sheffield United 3-2.
The Eagles survived a sloppy start and twice overturned the contest with Eberechi Eze and Michael Oliseh cancelling out strikes from Ben Brereton Diaz and a James McAtee deflected effort.
The win lifts the stuttering Eagles six points above third-from-bottom Everton.
If this wasn't a six-pointer, it wasn't far off and the three points certainly buy under-fire Roy Hodgson some time.
Yet things got off to a nightmare start after less than a minute with Chilean international Ben Brereton Diaz curling home a delicious opener.
The Palace players, fresh from conceding five at Arsenal last weekend, should take a long and hard look at themselves for how they went about things. The Blades broke with murderous intent but just because the hosts let them do just that. There wasn't any protection from midfield while the the four defenders appeared lost.
Yet the spirited Blades' lead wasn't to last as Eze got on the end of a brilliant Michael Olise cross with a flicked poacher's finish on 17 minutes.
Yet the young Englishman turned from hero to zero when he got dispossessed high up the pitch. After a quick exchange the ball landed to Ollie McBurnie who gave it to McAtee on the right. His effort then came off Joachim Andersen before it sailed over the keeper Dean Henderson and into the back of the net.
Eze, who had endured a bittersweet night up until that point, showed why a host of clubs are already circling him for the summer when he sent a ferocious effort into the top corner from outside the box.
Consistency is what separates world-class stars and rhe very good players though. If only he could deliver tonight's goods on a weekly basis the world would be his oyster. Yet in the event of him reaching the next level it would also become almost impossible for the south Londoners to hang on to his services.
After a first-half in which the two sides cancelled each others out, Oliseh's left-footed rocket completed the turnaround.
Latching on to a loose ball, he opened his body up smartly to sidefoot into the far corner with his strong left foot.
Prior to that, the hard-working Jean-Philippe Mateta skied the ball after Eze slipped him in.
Palace were fortunate when Anel Ahmedhodzic's flicked header landed onto the crossbar and relied on Henderson making the points safe when he pushed Andre Brooks's shot away.
All's well that ends well.