Premier League Statistics: Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 6th May 2017
- Venue – Etihad Stadium
- Attendance – 54,119
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Bookings – Kompany, Milivojevic, Kelly
- Goals – Silva (2), Kompany (49), de Bruyne (59), Sterling (82), Otamendi (90)
- Star Eagle – Wilfried Zaha/Christian Benteke (6.4)
This was a disaster waiting to happen after taking some big scalps in recent weeks. It is tough enough to play such teams away from home but with three centre backs missing through injury it is even harder. However, this is no time for excuses, this was a poor performance from a team seemingly needing points to secure another season in the Premier League. Sam Allardyce was rightly annoyed at the showing and there is no doubt that the players would have felt the full force of that at full time and the duration of the journey home. A point from the home game with Hull City next weekend will see Palace safe if Sunderland fail to beat Swansea City on Saturday. The time is now.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (6.2) – Pulled off plenty of saves but arguably at fault for one. Guilty of not commanding his area in the absence of more vocal presence in front of him, but those weak wrists …
2 Joel Ward (5.9) – A game to forget as the full back was pulled around all over the place and returns to South London with a broken nose for his troubles.
31 Jeffrey Schlupp (5.9) – First game as centre back as needs must following the home defeat to Burnley. Not a position that he should find himself in many more times in the future.
34 Martin Kelly (4.8) – At fault for the opening goal which set the scene and immediately put the team on the back foot. Openly criticised by Allardyce for his performance. Replaced by 27 Damien Delaney (5.8) on 76 minutes as a straight swap and soon found himself in the referees book.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (6.3) – As solid a performance as you will get from a defender losing by five goals but one of few that ended the game with any credit.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.3) – Performed admirably in the middle while those alongside him struggled to cope with the onslaught. Replaced by 4 Mathieu Flamini (6.0) on 67 minutes with the game gone and Luka on a booking. The Serb is expected to play a big part next weekend. Flamini had a great effort tipped over before the final whistle.
18 James McArthur (5.5) – Still struggling for fitness and clearly showed. Was not up to his usual standard and he will be only too well aware.
42 Jason Puncheon (3.7) – One of his worst games in a Palace shirt and certainly since taking the captains armband. Regardless, the Who Scored rating is perhaps overly harsh.
11 Wilfried Zaha (6.4) – Provided an outlet throughout and was the main concern for the hosts defence but lacked support.
10 Andros Townsend (6.1) – A doubt following an injury in training but made the starting line up. He was pushed into a more defensive capacity but tried to support the front line as much as possible. Replaced by 14 Lee Chung-yong (5.9) on 57 minutes who found it difficult to make any telling contribution.
17 Christian Benteke (6.4) – Worked the lone furrow up front feeding off scraps but linked up well with Zaha to try and create something with what little possession there was.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 26 Bakary Sako, 8 Loic Remy, 9 Frazier Campbell
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WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘Our system did not cause us to concede today’s first goal – our defender had to clear the ball and he didn’t, and from it they scored. Individuals did not perform to our usual standards. My team was unrecognisable from what I’ve seen over the past two or three months – hopefully that is a one-off and the lads have got it out of their system ahead of the biggest game of the season next week at home to Hull.” – Sam Allardyce talking to BBC Sport.
‘Our performance was high level. I’m pleased for our people we can finally enjoy a lot of goals here. Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, even Everton… it’s so important to play in the Champions League. It’s in our hands.’ – Pep Guardiola talking to BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Kevin de Bruyne (10.0) while Leroy Sane (5) had the most shots (5). The most tackles were made by Luka Milivojevic (3) and Wilfried Zaha (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.97 – 5.80
- Total shots: 26 – 5
- Shots on target: 12 – 2
- Possession: 69.2% – 30.8%
- Pass success: 88% – 71%
- Dribbles: 21 – 10
- Aerials won: 14 – 12
- Tackles: 16 – 17
- Corners: 9 – 3
- Dispossessed: 11 – 8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 16th in the Premier League with 38 points from 36 games, two points behind Watford in 15th and three points ahead of Swansea City in 17th.
- 14/05/2017 Hull City (h)
- 21/05/2017 Manchester United (a)