1. The rot looked like it had really set in
Palace wavered listlessly from the kick-off today - and in the aftermath of Gilfy Sigurdsson's impressive free-kick - it looked like that rot we had all talked about had well and truly set in. That defensive resilience we were all so proud of prior to the crazy run of defeats had dissolved, leaving a side that was bereft of organisation and aimless in its approach. For 20 minutes, the Eagles toiled. More of the same for the rest of the match would doubtlessly have resulted in serious questions being asked about just how Palace could get out of that rut. But, with a tactical switch (the ineffective Jordon Mutch moved to the wing, taking an even worse Chung Yong-Lee's place) Palace suddenly found their feet and the half ended with some reasonable approach play. It's to Palace's credit (and Pardew's) that the side played with a much greater level of intensity, inventiveness and organisation. Mutch made a greater impression on the wing; Marouane Chamakh brought a little more composure to the side - and so the run of defeats came to an end. That rot that we're worried about needs a bit more treatment, though. A win soon should do it.