Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
- Date – 18th March 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,109
- Referee – Martin Atkinson
- Bookings – Cleverley, Prodl
- Goals – Deeeny (OG 68)
- Star Eagle – Wilfried Zaha (7.6)
Patience really was a virtue as Sam Allardyce has been proven right after he said it would take time to sort out. Three wins from three and with that, three clean sheets. This latest win was by no means easy and the players had to dig deep to find a way to win. The game was certainly not a spectacle but securing the three points was the most important part, and that Palace did.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (6.7) – Hardly troubled all game other than for a shot from distance that was saved at full stretch. Came for a late high ball which could have ended in disaster but thankfully not.
2 Joel Ward (7.4) – As good a game as we have seen from the right back who dealt with much of what came his way on the right for the duration.
5 James Tomkins (7.2) – Created a formidable partnership with Sakho, no coincidence that the recent run of great form has coincided with the two being brought together at the heart of the defence. Replaced by 6 Scott Dann (6.1) on 83 minutes after Tomkins received a knock and stepped in to see out the final minutes.
12 Mamadou Sakho (7.3) – One of two players to have made a real difference to the Palace side and he continued to be dominant in the air and on the floor.
31 Jeffrey Schlupp (7.0) – Only change to the starting line up in place of Patrick van Aanholt and proved hard to beat all afternoon.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.8) – Another excellent game from the Serb who continues to show the heart and passion that fans just love to see in a player. A real barrier in front of the back line.
7 Yohan Cabaye (6.6) – Was absolutely everywhere all afternoon. Seems rejuvinated since Luka was brought into the team which has clearly given the Frenchman more freedom. Replaced by 27 Damien Delaney (6.0) on 87 minutes who helped secure the back line with the clock ticking down.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.7) – Has taken the captains armband like a duck to water. Worked hard both offensively and defensively, quietly going about his busines across the pitch.
11 Wilfried Zaha (7.6) – Another superb performance from the wing wizard. Was a real thorn in the side of the visitors throughout by constantly running at them with the ball at his feet. Took much of the close attention he recieved in his stride.
10 Andros Townsend (7.5) – Took a short while to get into the game but managed to find his good recent form. Replaced by 26 Bakary Sako (6.4) on 87 minutes to provide some much needed fresh legs.
17 Christian Benteke (6.0) – Worked hard but ended up frustrated again but his efforts for the team do not go unnoticed. There will be goals from the big Belgian before the season is out, just not quite working for him in front of goal at the moment.
Unused substitutes – Julian Speroni, Martin Kelly, Lee Chung-yong, Fraizer Campbell
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘We had so many games over the Christmas and New Year period and injuries, the players were looking thinking ‘what does he want?’ We changed the backroom staff and are now starting to implement our ideas and seeing the benefit. We are looking very solid. No doubt the biggest problem was the amount of goals we were conceding and now we are not conceding those goals. It is now four wins in six. We are getting there. This was a tough game – Watford recently won at Arsenal. We toughed it out and our quality paid off and we deserved the win.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE talking to BBC Sport.
‘We are not happy – there was a foul before the goal and it was an own goal. We didn’t deserve to lose. We should have played better on the wings. If we did, we probably would have scored a goal. We didn’t concede anything, to lose like this is disappointing.’ – WALTER MAZZARRI talking to BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (7.6) who also had the total shots (3). Andros Townsend made the most tackles (5) while it was that man Zaha again with the most dribbles (7).
- Team rating: 6.81 – 6.35
- Total shots: 7 – 6
- Shots on target: 0 – 2
- Possession: 43% – 57%
- Pass success: 66% – 70%
- Aerials won: 50% – 50%
- Dribbles: 13 – 8
- Tackles: 18 – 12
- Corners: 3 – 2
- Dispossessed: 8 – 8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace move up to 16th in the Premier League table with 28 points from 28 games, a point ahead of Swansea City in 17th and two behind Leicester City in 15th.
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- 01/04/2017 Chelsea (a)
- 05/04/2017 Southampton (a)
- 10/04/2017 Arsenal (h)
- 15/04/2017 Leicester City (h)
- 23/04/2017 Liverpool (a)