And with Palace reduced to ten men for the last 30 minutes, the defeat became even less bearable despite the team waking up and managing an Enner Valencia goal and plenty of pressure and chances.
However, if you only start playing when you are three behind there’s something very wrong and the manager clearly accepted that.
He said: “I’m shocked. Our level of performance wasn’t where I expected it to be. It’s disappointing when we’ve built expectation levels so high at home. It’s about the basics, really.
“If we don’t play to our best, we’ll struggle. We warned the lads about Crystal Palace’s set plays because 50 per cent of their goals have come from set-plays. And we’ve conceded from two corners and a free-kick.”
Then he waded into the dismissed striker and started adding up the other awards that should have been made against Palace and on our behalf!
He said:”I think Glenn Murray could have been sent off in the first half for the number of fouls he committed. He was lucky to stay on for that long.
We should have had a penalty for the foul on Diafra Sakho, and it should have been a red card for Mile Jedinak too. That would have made it 3-2, and then you never know.”