Not deluded in the slightest, who's to say we won't beat Palace or dare say it our beloved little brothers from across the park. We won't beat Chelsea though I'll give you that. It all depends on how this warm weather camp goes, if the players come back with the attitude that almost saw off West Ham last week and nicked a point from City then take that into the remaining games and bag a few wins
We could beat Palace of course (and maybe even L'pool
) but that's been said before nearly every game recently and it hasn't happened. In fact, in most cases it's not been close to happening.
That's what people are getting at.
I'd agree that if we do beat Palace then that might start to make things look better, bring some confidence back etc but until it does happen you can't take anything for granted.
After QPR I'd have said worst case scenario out of the next 6 games was 6 points and that would have been bad - we got 2. Those missing 4 points would make a big difference to the panic levels now yet we didn't seem to realise what was required.
We picked up for the previous 3 games (although that was almost impossible not to do) but then we were back to being pretty useless in the next game where the opposition wasn't obliging in their tactics.
I don't want everyone biting their nails screaming at every little thing that might go wrong as that's not going to help - but until the team actually wins some games that's what some people will do whether they can help it or not.
But back to your original point, in order to have a chance of beating Palace and/or Liverpool then we have to do better than we have been doing over the past 13 games. It's not a case of simply "it will happen if we carry on like this" as we're not playing at that level on any measure.