Premier League Statistics: Stoke City 1-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 11th February 2017
- Venue – Bet365 Stadium
- Attendance – 27,007
- Referee – Martin Atkinson
- Bookings – Shawcross, Zaha, Puncheon, Delaney
- Goals – Allen (67)
- Star Eagle – Joel Ward (7.3)
Another week, another defeat. While it was an improvement on the disastrous loss to Sunderland, Palace can ill afford to lose tight contests like this one with games fast running out. Perhaps the two week break the club now face is much needed but the players really need to give us fans something to cling on to starting with the home game with Middlesbrough.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (6.6) – Pullled off a good early save but continues to frustrate fans with his selection week in week out particularly when it is clear the team have little confidence in him.
2 Joel Ward (7.3) – Struggled at times against a good attack but seemed to thrive on the challenge as the game wore on.
5 James Tomkins (6.2) – Looks like his perfect centre back partner is Dann as he so often looks out of sorts alongside Delaney and this game was no different.
27 Damien Delaney (6.4) – Strong and determined as ever but something is not quite right at the moment as he seems to have phases in matches where he is great and then switches off.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (6.5) – Clearly good going forward but questionable with defensive duties but may need time to settle.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.9) – Debut by the Serbian international and an impressive one at that. Seems to know exactly what is required of his role in the team. Looking forward to more of the same.
18 James McArthur (6.3) – Battled as hard as ever and had a couple of chances to score but did not take either. Replaced by 8 Loic Remy (6.0) on 87 minutes who had no time to make an impression.
11 Wilfried Zaha (6.1) – Another frustrating afternoon for Wilf who found the close attention very difficult without any protection from the officials. Replaced by 31 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.7) on 68 minutes who put in a good shift in the short time he was on the pitch.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.5) – Out of form at the moment when his usual standard is really needed by the team at the moment. Replaced by 7 Yohan Cabaye (6.1) on 76 minutes who gave the midfield some added bite but could not create that breakthrough.
10 Andros Townsend (6.8) – An improved couple of performances leading into this one and looks like he could well be up for the battle like he was at Newcastle last season.
17 Christian Benteke (6.6) – Service to him was improved in this game but still looks like the team need to work on using his strengths. Continued to try and create something against a strong opposition defence.
Unused substitutes – Julian Speroni, Mathieu Flamini, Fraizer Campbell, Mamadou Sakho
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘I am disappointed for the lads. They had many moments in the game when we were in control and none more so than when Stoke scored. They scored their only shot on target in the second half. It’s a 1-0 defeat again and not the point that we deserve at least. We have to keep battling on and believing. These are an honest bunch of players. Last week was a fluke, we conceded three goals in three minutes. Today the overall performance was there but the result wasn’t. It’s a results business and we need them fast.” – SAM ALLARDYCE courtesy of BBC Sport.
“It was a hard-fought win I have to say. We needed that breakthrough and it was a great goal when it came. We always felt that we would see the game through to a conclusion once we went ahead, and we restricted Palace to very few opportunities. Joe Allen times his runs well, he has an aptitude for it and it was a great finish. We are not in bad shape overall, we are doing OK but now we have to navigate our way through some very difficult games.” – MARK HUGHES – courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Bruno Martins Indi (7.7) while Marko Arnautovic, Joe Allen and James McArthur (2) had the most shots. Joel Ward (6) made the most tackles and Ramadan Sobhi, Ibrahim Afellay, Glen Johnson and Joel Ward had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.09 – 6.50
- Total shots: 7 – 6
- Shots on target: 4 – 1
- Possession: 57.5% – 42.5%
- Pass success: 75% – 70%
- Dribbles: 10 – 5
- Aerials won: 22 – 24
- Tackles: 24 – 19
- Corners: 5-5
- Dispossessed: 11 – 13
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 19th in the Premier League table with 19 points from 25 games, level with Sunderland in 20th and a point behind Hull City in 18th.
NEXT FIVE FIXTURES
- 25/02/2017 Middlesbrough (h)
- 04/03/2017 West Bromwich Albion (a)
- 11/03/2017 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
- 18/03/2017 Watford (h)
- 01/04/2017 Chelsea (a)