Premier League Statistics: Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace
- Date – 26th December 2016
- Venue – Vicarage Road
- Attendance – 20,304
- Referee – Mark Clattenburg
- Bookings – Britos, Holebas, Benteke, Puncheon, Zaha, Delaney
- Goals – Cabaye (26), Deeney (71)
- Star Eagle – Andros Townsend (8.1)
The new era began and Sam Allardyce can rightly feel disappointed that his first game in charge did not end up as a win. There were clear signs of change with a solid formation and a focus on men behind the ball. The Palace attack proved too much at times for the hosts who should not have been allowed to get back into the game. Regardless, plenty of positives to take into the next game even if the downside is an ever increasing injury list. While you cannot blame decision making by officials, once again, there were several questionable ones including the lack of action against the Watford goalkeeper for his challenge that led to the penalty award.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (6.6) – Not called into action too often but did what was asked of him well and was close to getting something on the penalty.
2 Joel Ward (7.1) – Solid performance for the right back playing on the left once again but still an area that needs to be resolved in the transfer window.
6 Scott Dann (7.0) – Led by example in a back line that looked more solid that it has done of late.
27 Damien Delaney (5.9) – Struggled at times and foolishly manhandled in the box, not once but twice which led to a penalty award. Misses next game through suspension at a time we can ill afford.
34 Martin Kelly (7.0) – Continued improvement on the right and stood up well to the second half pressure.
4 Mathieu Flamini (6.2) – Another good game from the Frenchman, doing a job that allowed Cabaye more freedom. Replaced by 9 Frazier Campbell (6.1) on 81 minutes who had little time to make an impression.
7 Yohan Cabaye (7.7) – Another very good performance, getting himself on the score sheet and being instrumental in the middle.
42 Jason Puncheon (7.1) – Worked hard throughout pulling strings in the middle of the park, involved in most that Palace did well going forward.
11 Wilfried Zaha (6.9) – Constantly involved and a real threat to the hosts. Could have been awarded a second half penalty but booked for an adjudged dive instead.
10 Andros Townsend (8.1) – Fantastic assist for the goal and a real improvement in his all round play which we have not seen much of since arriving at the club. Replaced by 22 Jordon Mutch (6.1) on 71 minutes to give the midfield come much needed fresh legs.
17 Christian Benteke (7.1) – Guilty of another penalty miss but his all round game was excellent as the loan striker but unable to get himself a goal.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 19 Zeki Fryers, 43 Noor Husin, 46 Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 14 Chung-yong Lee
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘The missed penalty, that was a big moment in the game, then we gave a soft penalty away when we had hardly looked in danger. We just didn’t finish the opposition off. You are a bit apprehensive about what you have got, but from I have seen we have some real talent. I just have to build the resilience a bit more.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE courtesy of BBC Sport.
‘I’m happy with the point but today is the first game I don’t like since I am here. Everything is happening to us because we had two injured players after fifteen minutes and that can change any team, but still today the players could have done much better. It was not only one or two but many of them.’ – WALTER MAZZARRI courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Andros Townsend (8.1) while Yohan Cabaye had the most shots (3). Jose Holebas and Andros Townsend made the most tackles (4) while Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend had the most dribbles (3).
- Team rating: 6.62 – 6.84
- Total shots: 9 – 10
- Shots on target: 3 – 4
- Possession: 55.9% – 44.1%
- Pass success: 66% – 60%
- Aerials won: 22 – 26
- Dribbles: 8 – 8
- Tackles: 13 – 22
- Corners: 7 – 3
- Dispossessed: 13 – 9
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 17th on 16 points after 18 games, two ahead of Sunderland in 18th and one behind Leicester City in 16th.