Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City
- Date – 14th May 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,176
- Referee – Martin Atkinson
- Bookings – Cabaye, Puncheon, N’Diaye, Clucas, Robertson, Dawson, van Aanholt, Davies
- Goals – Zaha (3), Benteke (34), Milivojevic (85), van Aanholt (90)
- Star Eagle – Christian Benteke (8.6)
What exactly were we worried about? The sun was shining, the fans turned up in their droves as ever and in full voice. There was never any real fear, was there? From the moment the players walked out for kick off to the second the ball hit the back of the net for the first time, the result was only ever going one way – safety for Palace and relegation for Hull. It was the performance that was required to secure a fifth successive season in the top division of English football, and quite a relief it was too.
Amid the celebrations of pure unbridled joy around Selhurst Park, spare a thought for the one corner of the ground that were experiencing perhaps their worst fear – relegation. We wish the Hull fans all the best for the future in their fight against the current owners and hope to see them back in the top division soon.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (7.4) – Was hardly tested throughout other than some catching practice here and there however his distribution was poor.
2 Joel Ward (7.5) – After receiving a broken nose last weekend, there was no chance the right back was going to miss this one for such a temporary face changing injury. Performed well against a team who enjoyed a lot of possession.
5 James Tomkins (7.2) – A sign of relief greeted the announcement of the line up and even though he did not look fully fit, his organisational skills at the back were evident throughout. Replaced by 27 Damien Delaney (6.4) on 86 minutes to see out the game as he was struggling after receiving a knock.
34 Martin Kelly (7.6) – Looked a different player this week, particularly with the comfort of being alongside someone who can organise a back line.
31 Jeffrey Schlupp (7.8) – Good showing at left back for the pacey utility man, got forward at every opportunity and won the penalty for the killer third goal.
28 Luka Milivojevic (7.9) – Another successful spot kick for the fans favourite in an all round terrific performance.
7 Yohan Cabaye (6.2) – Worked hard but never looked fully fit. A worthy gamble to start the Frenchman which just about paid off. Replaced by 18 James McArthur (7.3) on 62 minutes who added his well known engine to what was a flagging midfield.
42 Jason Puncheon (8.2) – After a few recent low key performances from the captain, he returned with a bang in this one to lead his side to victory. Lucky not to concede a penalty with a handball in the area.
11 Wilfried Zaha (7.5) – So quick to take advantage of any slight opportunity which he proved with the all important opener. Always an outlet for the side playing on the counter for much of the second half.
10 Andros Townsend (6.6) – Full of effort but was not quite his day but the aforementioned was what was required on a day when the result mattered more performance. Replaced by 3 Patrick van Aanholt (7.0) on 75 minutes who provided fresh legs and got himself on the score sheet once again.
17 Christian Benteke (8.6) – Did what you expect from a striker of his calibre by scoring a crucial goal at an important time in the game and led the line well by bringing others into play at every opportunity.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 4 Mathieu Flamini, 26 Bakary Sako, 9 Fraizer Campbell
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“It’s always a relief. The nervous tension was around today. For us to apply ourselves as we did, almost perfectly, was excellent. It’s four goals, a clean sheet and we were able to enjoy the last fifteen minutes. It was a class performance. We completely nullified Hull’s possession.” – SAM ALLARDYCE talking to BBC Sport.
“Today we came here to play one final and we started in a bad way. It gave Palace what they wanted for the match. They knew what was in it for them. We tried but conceded again and it finished the game. We tried to make changes at half-time for a small reaction. Possession is not enough. You have to take the right decisions. At this level it makes a difference.” – MARCO SILVA talking to BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Benteke (8.6) who also had the most shots (4). Martin Kelly and Jason Puncheon made the most tackles (3) while Oumar Niasse had the most dribbles (4).
- Team rating: 7.37 – 5.79
- Total shots: 12 – 9
- Shots on target: 4 – 0
- Possession: 29.7% – 70.3%
- Pass success: 59% – 80%
- Dribbles: 2 – 8
- Aerials won: 21 – 12
- Tackles: 19 – 13
- Corners: 3 – 7
- Dispossessed: 7 – 11
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 13th in the Premier League with 41 points from 37 games, a point behind West Ham United in 12th and level on points with Stoke City in 14th.
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