Premier League 2017/18: 5 Talking Points from gameweek 13
Following a week which saw the sacking of Tony Pulis and multiple English clubs resume European campaigns, the Premier League reached matchday thirteen. Among the most eye-catching of fixtures to be played, was Liverpool hosting Chelsea at Anfield, and Premier League debutants Huddersfield Town, hosting a rampant Manchester City side.
Heading into the action, City led the table by eight points and the likes of West Ham, West Brom and Swansea had been drawn into a relegation dogfight with Crystal Palace.
Here's my take on the weekend's action, as I review 5 things we learned from this Premier League round of fixtures:
#5 Return of Crystal Palace's morale
Among the most intriguing of results this weekend, was Crystal Palace's 2-1 victory over Stoke City. Roy Hodgson's men overturned the Potters with a 92nd-minute winner from former Liverpool defender - Mamadou Sakho.
The result means Palace now have five points from their last four games, their best run of the season. Hodgson has never been renowned as a tactical master, but his man management and motivational skills are unparalleled and they showed in this game.
Palace just edged Stoke in terms of aerial duels (winning 15 out of 29), whilst they also had ten shots during the match and forced the visitors into a hefty 27 clearances.
From back-to-front, every player put in a shift for Palace and there was no sense of the lethargy we have seen from them previously this campaign. It was a terrific result for the Eagles, who are now just three points from safety, a revival spearheaded by such improvements in team morale.