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Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough


  • Date – 25th February 2017
  • Venue – Selhurst Park
  • Attendance – 25,416
  • Referee – Robert Madley
  • Bookings – Ward, Cabaye, Fabio
  • Goals – van Aanholt (34)
  • Star Eagle – van Aanholt (7.8)


There was a very welcome return of passion, belief and heart emanating from the stands to the pitch and back again. The players put in a performance that was worthy of the win against an opposition that are tough to break down. Plenty of hard work remains but this result had plenty of positives along together with a few areas to work on but it has given us fans the hope that safety could be achieved this season.

PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)

13 Wayne Hennessey (7.3) – One or two moments of concern but for the most part made the saves to keep the visitors at bay.

2 Joel Ward (6.8) – Perhaps unfairly receiving the lowest rating as he worked hard both in his defensive role and going forward to assist the attack.

5 James Tomkins (7.4) – Arguably his best game in a Palace shirt since arriving at the club helped by his confident new centre back partner.

12 Mamadhou Sakho (7.6) – Finally made his debut and it was worth the wait, a beast at the heart of the back line and hardly put a foot wrong.

3 Patrick van Aanholt (7.8) – Scored his first goal for the club and linked up well with Zaha throughout the game before receiving a knock that forced him off. Replaced by 31 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.0) on 87 minutes who slotted in to see out the game.

28 Luka Milivojevic (7.3) – Much has been said about our new addition from Serbia and every word has been spot on. Superb home debut and proved that he is the player that we all hoped he’d be.

7 Yohan Cabaye (7.1) – There has been a marked improvement in recent weeks from the Frenchman and this game was a continuation of that. Unfortunate first half booking encouraged his replacement for 18 James McArthur (6.1) on 63 minutes who got involved by almost scoring and received a ridiculous booking for a dive which should in fact have been a penalty.

42 Jason Puncheon (7.5) – Handed the captains armband for this huge game and came through with flying colours. Did not deter him from playing his usual game, continued to make himself available and always involved.

11 Wilfried Zaha (7.7) – Big concern seeing him go down in the warm up but showed no signs of the knock during the game. A constant outlet going forward and tracked back well to help the back line. Replaced by 6 Scott Dann (6.0) on 88 minutes in an effort to shore up the back line and protect the lead.

10 Andros Townsend (7.0) – An excellent game from the wide man, very good going forward and chased everything down other than for a quite ten minute spell at the start of the second half.

17 Christian Benteke (7.6) – Only thing missing from his lone striker performance was a goal but it was not for the want of trying. Clearly annoyed with Townsend for shooting rather than passing for what would have been a certain goal but nothing wrong with that passion.

Unused substitutes – Julian Speroni, Damien Delaney, Sullay KaiKai, Fraizer Campbell


Our editor joined the panel of the EPL Round Table at the weekend to represent Palace and discuss the host footballing topics.


‘Selhurst Park was rocking. It felt like they really enjoyed the commitment from the players and really got behind us. It was all about the quality in the first half, we continued to pepper their box with crosses and shots and it came to Patrick and he scored with his weaker foot. We need that sort of quality if we are going to stay up and he has proved himself with four goals this season now, three for Sunderland, one for us’ – SAM ALLARDYCE courtesy of BBC Sport.

‘It difficult to lose but we have to keep going. This is not the first time I’m living this situation but the only thing I know is to keep working. The way we approached the game wasn’t the best. I didn’t need to say how important the game was to win, I think everyone knew.’ – AITOR KARANKA courtesy of BBC Sport.


The Who Scored man of the match was Patrick van Aanholt (7.8) while Christian Benteke (6) had the most shots. Fabio (5) made the most tackles and Wilfried Zaha (7) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 7.07 – 6.63
  • Total shots: 15 – 11
  • Shots on target: 3 – 4
  • Possession: 45.6% – 54.4%
  • Pass success: 71% – 76%
  • Aerials won: 22 – 20
  • Dribbles: 15 – 11
  • Tackles: 14 – 25
  • Corners: 4 – 2
  • Dispossessed: 11 – 11


Palace move up to 17th in the Premier League table level with Middlesbrough in 16th on 22 points from 26 games. Leicester City and Hull City are a point behind in 18th and 19th respectively.


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  • 18/03/2017 Watford (h)
  • 01/04/2017 Chelsea (a)
  • 05/04/2017 Southampton (a)
  • 08/04/2017 Arsenal (h)



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