It’s a long shot, but Iraola has given supporters reason to dream.

Villa’s superb over-performance in the league has prevented their injury crisis from getting more attention. But with central midfielders seemingly on a constant rotation on the treatment table, Unai Emery has worked miracles in keeping his side competitive.

Iraola has orchestrated Bournemouth’s best-ever top flight season
In many ways this was just another routine home win for AFC Bournemouth: since their first of the season on 28 October, only Man City (0) and Liverpool (1) have lost fewer home Premier League matches than Andoni Iraola’s side (2).

There are still records to be broken. They are only one point behind West Ham in eighth spot, which would be Bournemouth’s highest-ever league finish, and they are five points off the final European spot.

It’s a long shot, but Iraola has given supporters reason to dream.

Palace will need new recruits as tiredness sets in
Crystal Palace were superb in the first half at Craven Cottage, once again looking electric in the transition as Oliver Glasner’s tactics take hold. Then fatigue set in.

“It was the third game in six days and the legs are tired, the head is maybe a little bit tired,” said Glasner. “We didn’t have the efficiency we had against West Ham [but] we pressed from the beginning in their half and we had good balance.”

That final point is revealing. Under the new regime pressing for a full 90 minutes is the requirement, but in order to do that the players will need to be fitter and the squad will need to be bigger.