Premier League Statistics – Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
- Date – 13th August 2016
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance -24,490
- Referee – Craig Pawson
- Bookings – Zaha, Dawson, Evans
- Goals – Rondon (74)
- Star Eagle – Andros Townsend (7.9)
The result that nobody in the Palace camp wanted, not least Alan Pardew who is left scratching his head as the terrible league form in 2016 continues into the new season. This of course could only be a hiccup but the major concern is the lack of options up front and a distinct lack of ideas after going behind. Perhaps harsh after just one game of the new season but it is hard to forget the results since the turn of the year.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (6.7) – Made one excellent save and a good punch under pressure but still made a couple of mistakes.
2 Joel Ward (6.1) – Solid performance from the full back to kick off the new season.
6 Scott Dann (7.1) – First game as official captain and led by example as you would expect.
27 Damien Delaney (6.3) – Arguably culpable for the winning goal but certainly was not alone. Still dealt with most that came his way.
23 Pape Souare (6.9) – Erratic is the word to explain this game for the Senegalese international. Replaced by 34 Martin Kelly (6.0) after 92 minutes who had no time to make any impact.
15 Mile Jedinak (7.2) – Looking likely to be his final appearance in a Palace shirt and it was an expected solid one too, even popping up as a winger at one stage.
17 Andros Townsend (7.9) – Good debut from the Spurs man in the red and blue but as guilty as most for running out of ideas as the game went on.
42 Jason Puncheon (7.3) – Was not able to play his usual game, looking too deep on occasions. Replaced by 7 Yohan Cabaye (6.3) on 77 minutes who provided additional ball control but could not find the telling pass.
11 Wilfried Zaha (6.6) – Lively for the most part up against a big, solid defensive unit. Great chance after being put through and should have found an unmarked Wickham when the rebound fell kindly.
10 Chung-yong Lee (7.0) – Surprise starter but played well with some freedom behind Wickham. Replaced by 10 Yannick Bolasie (6.0) on 66 minutes to a huge welcome. Claims for a penalty waved away when trying to inject some urgency into the play.
21 Connor Wickham (6.1) – One real clear cut chance but his effort went wide. Work hard alone up front but struggled with a lack of real support.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 36 Freddie Ladapo, 24 Keshi Anderson, 16 Joe Ledley
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“We lacked cutting edge today. If we had scored first, we would have won. I thought we were pretty strong defensively, West Brom did not have many chances. They are never easy, they camp in midfield, make it hard at the back and of course, set plays.” – ALAN PARDEW courtesy of BBC Sport.
“It was not a fluke, I think we deserved it. Palace never created a lot, they had just long range shots. I am very pleased. It is more important that we stay in the Premier League and Saido Berahino’s goals will help us do that. We are hoping and praying we can keep him.” – TONY PULIS courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was match winner Salomon Rondon (8.0) who also had the most shots along with Andros Townsend (6). The player with the most tackles was Wilfried Zaha (7) who also made the most dribbles along with Andros Townsend, Yannick Bolasie and Salomon Rondon (2).
- Team rating: 6.67 – 7.03
- Total shots: 14 – 13
- Shots on target:
- Possession: 62.3% – 37.7%
- Pass success: 72% – 58%
- Dribbles: 8 – 5
- Aerials won: 21 – 21
- Tackles: 28 – 18
- Corners: 3 – 6
- Dispossessed: 12 – 21
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace sit 19th in the table behind Burnley but ahead of AFC Bournemouth with no points. There are four other teams yet to get a point on opening weekend – Arsenal, Leicester City, Sunderland and West Ham United.