On Saturday afternoon, Crystal Palace defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Selhurst Park.
Unfortunately for the Terriers, the loss secured their relegation to the Championship with six matches still left to play.
Palace’s goalscorers were Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt, and the club’s supporters hailed the defender on Twitter after the match.
Noting the Ducthman’s impressive attacking play, a couple of astute fans pointed out that van Aanholt has quite a knack for scoring goals that clinch the relegation of other clubs.
Crystal Palace have now relegated 3 teams (Hull, Stoke & Huddersfield) from the Premier League in the last 3 seasons.
Patrick van Aanholt has scored the final goal in all 3 of those games.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) March 30, 2019
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) March 30, 2019
We scored from open play
Patrick Van Aanholt was the goal scorer
— Luke Fox (@lxk3ybxii) March 30, 2019
End of season van Aanholt special inbound
— Luke (@lukazmitch) March 30, 2019
PVA is going to do his usual "bits" at the end of the season 👍
— Aaron Mitchell (@azzaTmitchell) March 30, 2019
The full back had received criticism in past weeks for subpar defensive performances, but justified his selection against Huddersfield with a goal.
And in magnanimous fashion, van Aanholt paid a classy tribute to Huddersfield’s support on social media, clearly taking little joy in sending down the club.
Best wishes to Huddersfield and fans as well, it’s tough and not nice to see but you support your club well ❤️💙
— Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) March 30, 2019
The Eagles lifted themselves well above the relegation mess with the three points, but fans were still disappointed that their FA Cup run ended in disappointing fashion against Watford.
season done cos we bottled the cup. nice
— george (@palaceaway) March 30, 2019
With safety all but assured, focus shifts to the midweek Premier League opener of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium — and Palace would love to play spoiler.
Tough game, ran out luck 1st half but oh how I would love to follow this up with a win at Spurs 😈 ruin their party 😂
— Bojan Metikos (@bomet92) March 30, 2019