With Adlene Guedioura currently out on loan at Watford, it would be easy for Palace fans to forget about him to some extent, but tonight, the Algerian midfielder played a huge role in the Hornets’ 2-2 draw away from home against fellow promotion rivals Derby County.
Given a starting role in the Watford midfield next to former Palace man Ben Watson, Guedioura was his usual powerful self in the opening 45 minutes, which saw the visitors take the lead through Matej Vydra, before the game got turned on its head when Derby were awarded a penalty with Watford being reduced to 10 men just before the half-time interval.
Shortly after the second half began, another former Palace player in the shape of Tom Ince gave Derby the lead, slotting a low strike into the bottom left-hand corner of Gomes’ net, before Guedioura picked out a beautifully weighted pass to set up Odion Ighalo for a Watford equaliser.
Despite the obvious bias that a site such as this could be tempted to display in analysing our own players’ best moments, it was quite rightly described as the “pass of the night” by Sky’s co-commentator Don Goodman, who understandably decided to give Adlene the Man of the Match award following the game’s conclusion.
Although he’s not been given a run in the Palace first-team by Alan Pardew, there’s every chance that performances in the mould of the one he produced tonight will make the manager sit up and take notice between now and May.