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FA Cup Statistics – Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Crystal Palace

MATCH FACTS

  • Date – 7th January 2017
  • Venue – Macron Stadium
  • Attendance – 11,683
  • Referee – Roger East
  • Bookings – Beevers, Spearing
  • Star Eagle – Julian Speroni

TEB VERDICT

A return to familiar surroundings for Allardyce and Lee in a game that perhaps should not have ended goalless considering the number of chances that went begging. With the replay already scheduled, this game will be remembered for Julian Speroni breaking the appearance record for a Palace goalkeeper, a debut for Loic Remy at last and a very welcome clean sheet.

PLAYER RATINGS

1 Julian Speroni (7) – The record breaker just had to be our Star Eagle this week for making his 389th appearance for the club, the most by any goalkeeper.

2 Joel Ward (6) – Solid enough display from the full back who has been a little out of sorts lately.

19 Zeki Fryers (5) – Another manager and another appearance in a position that is likely to see a new addition before the month is out.

27 Damien Delaney (6) – The big Irishman stood firm in the face of much of what the hosts could throw at him.

34 Martin Kelly (5) – A run out at centre back which is a position many have suggested he should be playing. A few early nervous moments but got through them to form a good partnership with Delaney.

4 Mathieu Flamini (6) – More good minutes for the Frenchman who worked well with Ledley.

16 Joe Ledley (6) – Solid enough in the midfield before being replaced by Andros Townsend (6) on 66 minutes who struggled to make in impact on the game.

22 Jordon Mutch (5) – A game to forget for a fringe player that should be looking to impress in a rare start.

14 Chung-yong Lee (6) – A welcome return to his former club and showed plenty of nice touches throughout.

8 Loic Remy (7) – Only played the first half of his debut but managed three chances in that time and impressed with his all round play. Replaced by Yohan Cabaye (6) on 46 minutes who provided some quality in the midfield.

9 Fraizer Campbell (6) – Linked up well with Remy during the first half and always a willing runner. Replaced by Sullay KaiKai (5) on 80 minutes who will hopefully see more game time in the coming weeks in the absence of Zaha.

Unused substitutes – Kleton Perntreou, James Tomkins, Noor Husin, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

‘We’re still in the hat. They gave us a real good game. I want us to get better. I wouldn’t say I was satisfied with what I saw. We haven’t kept a clean sheet for a while at this club, so we’ve got that. I changed the team about and that can disrupt things. It was a tough game and we had to battle it out.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE courtesy of BBC Sport.

‘When the draw came out we thought it would be interesting to see how we could acquit ourselves against Premier League opposition and we didn’t look out of place. It was a good team performance and it was a shame we couldn’t have found that moment to win the game.’ – PHIL PARKINSON courtesy of BBC Sport.

MATCH STATISTICS

  • Total shots: 13 – 9
  • Shots on target: 3 – 3
  • Possession: 47% – 57%
  • Corners: 6 – 6
  • Fouls: 10 – 5

The replay takes place at Selhurst Park on Tuesday 17th January with a place in the fourth round at stake. The draw for the next round takes place on Monday evening so the opponents will be known by the time the tie takes place.

 

 

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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and far too many other sports. Presenter and producer of The Meridian Sports Show on Meridian FM.

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