Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton
- Date – 21st January 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,594
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Bookings – Holgate
- Goals – Coleman (87)
- Star Eagle – Wayne Hennessey (7.7)
New formation encouraged a good performance with plenty of fighting spirit. Unfortunately that was not enough but plenty of positives to take from a game that Hennessey starred, Remy impressed and Schlupp provided fans with more confidence on the left. However, it was a desparately disappointing loss considering the improved performance, particularly the manner of it thanks to some nausiating officiating.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (7.7) – Perhaps spurred on by the Speroni banners behind him, the Welsh stopper put in an excellent performance in between the sticks.
2 Joel Ward (6.8) – Many expected a struggle at right wing back but Ward quickly got used to being more advanced than usual.
5 James Tomkins (6.1) – Often the defender that brought the ball out of the back line to push the team forward.
27 Damien Delaney (6.7) – Played his part in a much more organised defensive unit.
6 Scott Dann (7.0) – Solid showing from the captain and enojoyed a good battle with the physical offering from the opposition front line.
31 Jeffrey Schlupp (7.0) – Impressive full debut from the new addition who showed his turn of pace will be a real asset to the team. Replaced by 10 Andros Townsend (6.1) on 88 minutes who had little time to make an impact but provided a little urgency.
18 James McArthur (7.1) – Back to his usual battling best after injury and a very welcome sight indeed.
7 Yohan Cabaye (7.2) – Another good game for the Frenchman who worked hard in a tight midfield battle. Replaced by 16 Joe Ledley (6.1) on 72 minutes who provided fresh legs and a little more steel to the middle of the park.
42 Jason Puncheon (7.4) – Worked well getting up and down the pitch to play his part in the change of formation. His possession on the ball was vital in a close game.
8 Loic Remy (6.2) – A very encouraging performance from the loanee who clearly needs game time but always a threat to the visitors. Replaced by 14 Chung-yong Lee (6.3) on 61 minutes which was a formation change that upset the balance of the team, however, the South Korean worked hard even when he was put into row ten of the Arthur Wait stand for a brief moment.
17 Christian Benteke (6.7) – Worked the front line well both with and without a partner. Unlucky with a great headed effort that came back off the bar.
Unused substitutes – Julian Speroni, Mathieu Flamini, Sullay KaiKai, Martin Kelly
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘We contained a very good Everton team today, we just didn’t get the break. We hit the bar and their goalie made a great save from a free-kick. I think we are making improvements. The players are having to play to a different system. It’s also a learning curve for me, getting to know each player. I have been here before, I wouldn’t say I enjoy it, but with the help of my back room staff, we’ll get out of this.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE courtesy of BBC Sport
‘In my opinion it was well deserved, overall we were the better football team and had the best chances in the game. Normally if you don’t take your chances the opposition might punish you, but we scored one and kept a clean sheet. Since our victory against Arsenal in December, we have changed our attitude. We are more aggressive and that is why I think we are winning.’ – RONALD KOEMAN courtesy of BBC Sport
The Who Scored man of the match was Seamus Coleman (8.2) while Ross Barkley (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Yohan Cabaye (5) and Ross Barkley (7) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.73 – 7.14
- Total shots: 8 – 16
- Shots on target: 2 – 8
- Possession: 44% – 56%
- Pass success: 73% – 80%
- Aerials won: 24 – 7
- Dribbles: 8 – 19
- Tackles: 18 – 14
- Corners: 8 – 7
- Dispossessed: 8 – 14
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace drop to 18th in the table with 16 points after 22 games, level on points with Hull City in 19th and two points behind Swansea City in 17th.