2016. The year of the good, the bad and the downright ugly. We've seen Wembley wins, Wembley defeats, winless streaks, sackings, appointments, signings and sales. We've had plenty of highs, plenty of lows and plenty of sighs. To sum all of this season up, we asked Jim Daly, Carl Mortimer and Chris Windsor to answer some questions about the last year.
What was Your highlight of 2016 and why?
2. Your lowlight of 2016 and why?
JD: The FA Cup final.
CM: Jesse fucking Lingard. Losing the final was gut wrenching, as we practically threw it away. If someone had just taken Rooney out on half way we would've won, United were poor but somehow like they do, they managed to grab some luck. And to rub salt in they moved on five minutes after winning it, we would still be celebrating that win to this day, of that I am certain.
CW: Aside from the obvious, the most disappointing moment of 2016 was Swansea away, and the utter dejection felt at throwing away what would have been a brilliant comeback and a much-needed victory through lacklustre defending and dreaded set plays.
3. Your best player of 2016 and why?
4. Your most disappointing player of 2016 and why?
5. Your most surprising result of 2016 and why?
6. Best opponent we faced in 2016 and why?
7. Best goal scored in 2016 and why?
CW: It’s hard to look past last season’s Goal of the Season from Jason Puncheon as the goal of 2016. An impressive strike with his left foot, the goal was not only crucial in a relegation “six-pointer” but once again demonstrated Puncheon’s importance and love of the club.
8. Your Crystal Palace player to watch out for in 2017?
CW: Andros Townsend has failed to provide the impact many fans hoped he would when he joined this summer. Perhaps a change of management and inevitable change in style will galvanise Townsend into producing performances that have earned him thirteen caps for his country.
9. Your expectations for 2017?
CM: I want to see the kids getting a chance. Luke Dreher and Sullay Kaikai are good enough for our bench at the moment and we should have them on it, we supposedly pride ourselves on our academy but, so far since promotion, we've yet to show it.
CW: I expect (hope) Palace to revert back to basics, become more defensively resolute and to improve on the appalling home form. With the transfer window on the horizon, reinforcements in the full back area, a strong defensive midfielder and competition for the wing would be high up on my shopping list.
10. Sum up 2016 in five words.
CW: It’s the hope that kills.