Crystal Palace gave their chances of avoiding relegation a huge boost by defeating their closest relegation rivals Sheffield United courtesy of a stunning strike from Darren Ambrose.

There may be many games left in the season but this fixture was quite rightly billed as a relegation six pointer, withthe Blades now dangerously forlorn five points behind their opponents this weekend.

We may only be approaching the end of February but victory for the Eagles leaves the Blades and their relegation zone counterparts Preston and Scunthorpe desperately needing a drastic improvement of form.

There is now a real possibility that next season there will be no representation from the Steel City in either of Englands top two divisions something that to someone who grew up in the 1990’s when both sides had speels in the Premier League is unthinkable.

The plight of Sheffield United should not however take away from the result that Crystal Palace earned this weekend, despite not controlling possesion they created more chances and the goal from Darren Ambrose was worthy of winning any game.

The former Charlton player controlled the ball flicking it up on his left foot and volleying it home from 25 yards out with his right to show why if he was not bedevilled by injury he would most likely be playing at a higher level.

This was a great result for Dougie Freedman’s Crystal Palace, but Micky Adams must be wondering what he got himself into taking over the reigns at Bramall Lane with a club heading in the wrong direction and safety edging out of reach.