Premier League Statistics: Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace
- Date – 5th April 2017
- Venue – St Mary’s Stadium
- Attendance – 29,968
- Referee – Roger East
- Bookings – Soares, Romeu, Benteke
- Goals – Benteke (31), Redmond (45), Yoshida (84), Ward-Prowse (85)
- Star Eagle – Christian Benteke (8.2)
Back to earth with a bump but while the position Palace currently find themselves in is not a comfortable one, it could have been much worse without the unbeaten run which has now come to an end. A tough run of fixtures begins from now until the end of the season but this match was just a bad day at the office after several very good ones. Injuries will hamper but cannot be made to be an excuse.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (7.2) – Continued recent fine form but could not prevent the Eagles from slipping to defeat.
2 Joel Ward (6.7) – Struggled against the pace offered by the opposition, a little like he did at the weekend.
12 Mamadou Sakho (6.6) – First experience of a loss in a Palace shirt for the Frenchman but certainly not for the lack of trying.
34 Martin Kelly (6.8) – First start in a while and yet another centre back partner for Sakho. Not a bad showing either and was unlucky not to score with an effort that came back off the post.
31 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.1) – Lucky not to concede a penalty for handball and was found wanting a few times during the game. Replaced by 27 Damien Delaney (6.7) on 58 minutes who once again put in some fine challenges and blocks in his time on the pitch.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.9) – Played his usual game that we have become accustomed to seeing from him, went close to scoring with a free kick that hit the outside of the post. Replaced by 4 Mathieu Flamini (6.0) on 88 minutes who could do little in the short time he was on.
7 Yohan Cabaye (6.1) – Good first half but injury forced him off at the break which effected the balance of the side. Replaced by 26 Bakary Sako (6.3) on 46 minutes which was not an ideal change with two natural wide players already on the pitch and he found it difficult to get into the game.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.5) – The captain continued to lead but did not find himself quite so effective, especially when the pressure increased in the second half.
11 Wilfried Zaha (6.0) – After several great performances of late, this was an off night for the winger but found to be easily frustrated and rightly so after being bundled off the ball for the hosts equaliser.
10 Andros Townsend (7.9) – Has been a different player since the change in management. Lively out wide and a willing runner both going forward and when required to help out the back line.
17 Christian Benteke (8.2) – Finished off a great team move to get himself on the score sheet once again and worked hard up front throughout the game.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 19 Zeki Fryers, 14 Chung-yong Lee, 25 Sullay KaiKai
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘It was grievous bodily harm. The assistant referee was totally out of order not putting his flag up. Wilf doesn’t get protection, everybody knows that. He’s blatantly bowled over right in front of the assistant who can’t put his flag up for whatever reason. You need to ask him and hold him responsible for Southampton to get the opportunity to get the equaliser.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE taking to BBC Sport.
‘I think we could have had three penalties by half time. I’m happy because our players kept on going and found a solution at the end. I’m happy with the squad, and the quality and the result. We were physical and strong and it was important against this team.’ – CLAUDE PUEL talking to BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Nathan Redmond (8.7). The most shots were made by Shane Long (7). The most tackles were made by Joel Ward (5). The most dribbles were made by Dusan Tadic (4).
- Team rating: 7.14 – 6.71
- Total shots: 25 – 17
- Shots on target: 9 – 3
- Possession: 61.4% – 38.6%
- Pass success: 82% – 67%
- Dribbles: 8 – 6
- Aerials won: 14 – 25
- Tackles: 11 – 17
- Corners: 11 – 11
- Dispossessed: 13 – 6
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 16th in the Premier League table with 31 points from 30 games, one point ahead of Hull City in 17th and two behind West Ham United in 15th.
NEXT FIVE FIXTURES
- 10/04/2017 – Arsenal (h)
- 15/04/2017 – Leicester City (h)
- 23/04/2017 – Liverpool (a)
- 26/04/2017 – Tottenham Hotspur (h)
- 29/04/2017 – Burnley (h)