FA Cup Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
- Date – 17th January 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 7,149
- Referee – Stuart Attwell
- Bookings – Ledley, Wilson, Thorpe
- Goals – Henry (48), Benteke (68, 77)
- Star Eagle – Christian Benteke
A very welcome first win under the management of Sam Allardyce even if it was in the cup rather than the league. In what was a competitive contest against the League One side, the quality shone through even if it took a brace from substitute Benteke after going a goal down shortly after the break. Certainly something to build on going into the weekend fixture with Everton and another FA Cup tie to look forward to.
1 Julian Speroni (6) – A very warm welcome for our favourite Argentine who racked up another good appearance for the club.
2 Joel Ward (6) – Played well and dealt with most that came his way in a return to his familiar position.
27 Damien Delaney (6) – Led by example at the back before being replaced by 5 James Tomkins (6) on 62 minutes who slotted in comfortably.
19 Zeki Fryers (6) – Another run out for the full back but could be one of his last before new additions arrive.
34 Martin Kelly (7) – Good performance from the former Liverpool man in a role that suits him far better.
14 Lee Chung-yong (5) – Not the best showing from the South Korean against his former club but not for the lack of trying.
4 Mathieu Flamini (6) – Solid and did his job protecting the back line.
16 Joe Ledley (6) – Booking for his troubles as he got stuck into the opposition when required. Replaced by 42 Jason Puncheon (6) on 63 minutes who provide a little more composure on the ball linking the midfield to the forward line.
25 Sullay KaiKai (7) – Terrific to see the highly rated academy product finally make his first start for the first team after his return from a loan spell at Brentford.
10 Andros Townsend (7) – Worked to create something throughout the game in one of his better showings for the club.
8 Loic Remy (5) – More important game time for the Frenchman as he continues his return from injury. Replaced by 17 Christian Benteke (8) on 53 minutes who won the tie with an excellent brace to further increase his goal tally for the season.
Unused substitutes – Wayne Hennessey, Yohan Cabaye, Noor Husin, Michael Phillips
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘It’s nice to get through and of course when Manchester City come in a couple of weeks it will be nice to play that game, but it is all about Everton in the league now. Wins grow confidence, there is no doubt about that. How much confidence we get from this will show on Saturday. I need the players to play better, to hit top form and help us get out of the position we’re in. This comes from believing in your ability.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE courtesy of BBC Sport.
‘I’m very proud of the lads tonight. Over two games, we have taken a Premier League team right to the wire. The lads take a lot of credit for that. We have to recover from this quickly physically. We have to get rested and make sure we go to Southend and get our league form back on track.’ – PHIL PARKINSON courtesy of BBC Sport.
- Total shots: 12 – 10
- Shots on target: 4 – 1
- Possession: 62% – 38%
- Corners: 10 – 4
- Fouls: 8 – 10
The Eagles will face Manchester City at Selhurst Park in the FA Cup Fourth Round on 28th January.