Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
- Date – 10th April 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,648
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Bookings – Mustafi
- Goals – Townsend (17), Cabaye (63), Milivojevic (68)
- Star Eagle – Wilfried Zaha (9.4)
A simply stunning performance from Palace who shocked the Gunners with their passion, hard work and touch of class. It was a far cry from the shock defeat at home to Sunderland where the players left the pitch with boos ringing in their ears. Midway through the first half of this game, the fans reacted to the superb showing with cheers, even rising to their feet with applause. That one moment proved the players had successfully made the fans fall back in love with this team and the reward was absolutely incredible. One of the very best performances that has ever been witnessed at Selhurst Park.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (7.8) – Made the saves he needed to plus one excellent tip around the post at full stretch to keep the visitors at bay.
2 Joel Ward (7.4) – Very good showing from the full back throughout in the face of multi-million pound talent.
34 Martin Kelly (7.5) – Many, including the team here at TEB, have said Kelly would make a good centre back and this performance proved that this is the position where he future in the game is.
12 Mamadou Sakho (7.7) – This man not only plays well every time he walks onto the pitch but makes those around him excel as well. Another fantastic game for the Frenchman and his experience is invaluable.
31 Jeffrey Schlupp (7.6) – Strong and stood up well against a side that dominated possession but was rarely flustered.
28 Luka Milivojevic (7.6) – The Serbian already has his own chant and adored by the fans. His first goal for the club from the spot was celebrated fervently and not only because it was the third of the night for the Eagles. Replaced by 4 Mathieu Flamini (6.2) on 82 minutes to add fresh legs to the midfield and see out the remaining minutes.
7 Yohan Cabaye (8.1) – We are seeing the best of the Frenchman in a Palace shirt and that goal was something quite special. Worked as hard as we have ever seen him, always involved. Replaced by 18 James McArthur (6.3) on 74 minutes and a warm welcome back for the Scotsman. Valuable game time and introduced at a stage of the game where his attributes were required.
42 Jason Puncheon (7.7) – In a game with large passages of play were dominated by the opposition in possession of the ball, the Palace captain worked as hard as ever and made use of any time with the ball he had.
11 Wilfried Zaha (9.4) – Slightly off colour in midweek at Southampton but this was another brilliant display that has rightly earned him rave reviews this season. The visitors defence just could not deal with him. Replaced by 27 Damien Delaney (6.1) on 88 minutes to shore up the back line for the closing stages.
10 Andros Townsend (9.2) – Run Andros, run. All night, and he probably ran home from the game! Deserved his goal through his endeavour and excellent work both with and without the ball.
17 Christian Benteke (7.0) – Impressive lone striker performance even without getting on the score sheet but his team-mates were trying desperately to put him though later in the game. The Belgian striker held the ball up well and brought others into play at key times.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 19 Zeki Fryers, 25 Sullay KaiKai, 26 Bakary Sako
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘Tactically the players were aware of how to beat Arsenal. The first thing was to defend and frustrate them, keep them playing sideways, then use the space behind the full backs. They have been weak defensively, they leave the centre backs exposed. We won a lot of possession off them and created lots of chances. Cabaye’s goal, what a finish – and that was down to us pressing them. It wasn’t a shock for me because we played Chelsea and won that game. The result might be a shock, but we did that again and did it better. We all know Arsenal are going through their worst spell for years, but the only way to take advantage is by playing well. Everything worked perfectly for us today.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE talking to Sky Sports.
‘We lost too many duels and we paid for that. There is no obvious reason why. We prepared well. It’s difficult to explain just after the game. I don’t think my players didn’t want it, but we lost duels in decisive moments and that’s how games are decided at this level. I understand our fans are disappointed and we all are deeply tonight. It’s very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game. Palace were sharp, they beat Chelsea the other day, and that shows they have quality. We are in a difficult position. The game doesn’t help.” – ARSENE WENGER talking to Sky Sports.
The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (9.4). The player with the most shots was Christian Benteke (6) while Jason Puncheon, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin made the the most tackles (4). The player with the most dribbles was Wilfried Zaha (8).
- Team rating: 7.55 – 6.43
- Total shots: 17 – 11
- Shots on target: 6 – 3
- Possession: 27.6% – 72.4%
- Pass success: 67% – 84%
- Dribbles: 14 – 22
- Aerials won: 17 – 21
- Tackles: 21 – 18
- Corners: 5 – 8
- Dispossessed: 15 – 15
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 16th in the Premier League with 34 points from 31 games, one point behind Bournemouth in 15th and four ahead of Hull City in 17th.
- 15/04/2017 Leicester City (h)
- 23/04/2017 Liverpool (a)
- 26/04/2017 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
- 29/04/2017 Burnley (h)
- 06/05/2017 Manchester City (a)
- 13/05/2017 Hull City (h)
- 21/05/2017 Manchester United (a)