Crystal Palace fans in full song
Stoke City were clearly second best as Crystal Palace romped to a 4-1 win.
Palace took the lead in the 9th minute when James Tomkins scored from close range after Jonathan Walters had guided Townsend's free-kick towards the goal.
Dann rises for Palace's second goal
James McArthur added a third with a deflected strike after 71 minutes before Townsend cut inside and scored with an excellent low strike from 20 yards out.
Marko Arnautovic got a consolation for Stoke in added time, but it was far too little and far too late for the Potters who are now languishing in 20th place with just one point from their opening five games.
Townsend's performance was a joy to behold, causing trouble for the Stoke defence throughout the afternoon's affairs, while an assist and a goal were just rewards for his showing.
Townsend put in an exquisite finish for Palace's fourth goal
Palace fans took to Twitter after the game to praise the 25-year-old.
Townsend was very good too.. his crosses into the box are always very dangerous #cpfc— paul brake (@BrakePaul) September 18, 2016
Townsend was by fan MOTM for me! Absolutely brilliant performance and that goal was just ❤️ #CPFC— Beulah Pickles (@Beulah12) September 18, 2016
Amazing all round team performance. Can't fault a single performance. Macca, Townsend and Kelly extremely good. ⚽ #cpfc— Liam Connery (@LiamCPFC) September 18, 2016
Everyone played their part today but Jimmy Mac & Andros Townsend were outstanding. #cpfc— Duleep Allirajah (@DuleepOffside) September 18, 2016
Jimmy Mac . Just the best we've had in a v long time. And Townsend is such a class act. Delivery superb #CPFC— Hoathy (@brummieeagle) September 18, 2016
McArthur and Townsend both excellent today.— FTP (@FollowThePalace) September 18, 2016
Top class performance, over the moon with that. #cpfc
Love how Townsend's game is so simple, so direct #cpfc— Jonny Hinton (@HintonJonny) September 18, 2016
Townsend's goal I was thinking wtf was he doing when he cut inside, I thought at the time that he should have passed to Punch #cpfc— Miles (@milesgirling) September 18, 2016
Amazing performance, bit of momentum now. Townsend was superb #CPFC— Jamie Muller (@jdmcpfc1990) September 18, 2016
But then again, you can't please everyone.
For me andros wasn't that great he scored but he lost the ball loads, nothing from AP on Jimmy Mac who worked his sock off #cpfc— Ben 84 CPFC (@Parker_316) September 18, 2016
This was a timely reminder to English football fans of Townsend's talents. After bursting on to the scene, he has had a fallow year or two, but performances like this will ingratiate him to the public and to England manager Sam Allardyce.
Crystal Palace are next in action on Wednesday when they visit Southampton in the EFL Cup.
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