Premier League Statistics – Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town
- Date – 12th August 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,448
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Bookings – Puncheon, Mounie, Smith, Palmer
- Goals – Ward (OG, 23), Mounie (26, 78)
- Star Eagle – Patrick van Aanholt/ Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7.3)
A hugely disappointing result on opening day when fans have all the hopes and dreams for the new season ahead. It is back down to earth with a bump and a very harsh welcome to the Premier League for Frank de Boer. It is clear the players are yet to become accustomed to the new formation and philosophy which will no doubt need time but they have to learn quickly.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (6.0) – Once again he did not command his area effectively and looks to lack confidence which has a knock on effect to the defensive line in front of him.
44 Jairo Riedewald (6.6) – The Dutchman made his Premier League debut for the club and while at fault for one of the goals in being rooted to the ground rather than challenging for the header, showed glimpses of what he will offer when settled in.
6 Scott Dann (6.4) – Caught in possession on a couple of occasions which suggests the former captain is not as comfortable on the ball as many suspected.
24. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (6.8) – Impressive debut for the club with the highlight being a superb saving challenge in the area when a goal looked certain. Replaced by 5 James Tomkins (6.0) on 78 minutes who slotted into the back three.
2 Joel Ward (6.7) – Struggled in the wing back role all afternoon which did not start well after getting his name on the score sheet at the wrong end.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (7.3) – Did not suffer like most in the new formation and looked to have some freedom to get up and down the pitch as a wing back.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.1) – As disappointing a performance from the Serbian as the end result was which he will be all to aware of without being told. Replaced by 10 Andros Townsend (6.9) on 45 minutes who was surprisingly missing from the starting line up after featuring throughout pre-season. Provided a little more urgency during the second half which unfortunately came to nothing.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.1) – Anonymous for the most past which is not what you need from the captain of the side, particularly in his midfield role.
8 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7.3) – Excellent debut from the Chelsea loanee who was a rare highlight from a poor afternoon in South London.
11 Wilfried Zaha (6.4) – Heavily marked throughout the game but still managed to break the shackles on a few occasions. Something he will need to get used to as the season progresses. Had a great opportunity to score but pulled his effort wide.
17 Christian Benteke (6.2) – The big Belgian had a number of chances to score. Best headed effort superbly saved by the visiting goalkeeper.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 14 Lee Chung-yong, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp, 19 Freddie Ladapo, 28 Jason Lokilo
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WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘If you analyse the game, it is quite simple. We started well but after ten minutes the game changed. We were close to making it 2-1 and if we did, I had a feeling we would get a point. You cannot go suddenly from one to ten, you have to do it step-by-step. We showed some good football but a game does not last for seventy-five minutes, you have to concentrate for ninety-five minutes. Huddersfield did a fantastic job and compliments to them. They played how they always do, but if you lose 3-0, they deserve it.’ – FRANK DE BOER courtesy of BBC Sport.
‘We came into the game quite well. Tom Ince missed a chance but we were clinical and had the right fight, attitude and togetherness. The result does not show how the game was because Palace had their chances too. Steve Mounie missed a big chance, we spoke about this rather than the two goals. He played well, coming into the Premier League with two goals, there is no better day for him.’ – DAVID WAGNER courtesy of BBC Sport.
Cheers. Enjoyed it, obviously, think the save by us at 2-0 was key, but think we deserved it. Zaha looked quality until final product.
— HTFC World (@htfcworld) August 12, 2017
The Who Scored man of the match was Steve Mounie (8.9). Patrick van Aanholt, Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Steve Mounie (3) had the most shots. Joel Ward and Chris Lowe (6) made the most tackles while Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.52 – 7.19
- Total shots: 14 – 8
- Shots on target: 4 – 6
- Possession: 57% – 43%
- Pass success: 77% – 64%
- Dribbles: 19 – 5
- Aerials won: 16 – 12
- Tackles: 23 – 28
- Corners: 12 – 9
- Dispossessed: 23 – 18
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace kick off the season in 19th place above West Ham United but below Newcastle United in 18th on goal difference but there are five other teams with no points after one game – Brighton & Hove Albion, Stoke City, Bournemouth, Chelsea and Leicester City.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 19/08/2017 Liverpool (a)
- 22/08/2017 Ipswich Town (h)
- 26/08/2017 Swansea City (h)
Not a lot of points scored by Palace players in this one so it is Wayne Hennessey, Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke leading the way all with two each.