League Cup Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-1 Ipswich Town
- Date – 22/08/2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 9,837
- Referee – Andy Davies
- Bookings – Downes
- Goals – McArthur (76, 84), Celina (90)
- Star Eagle – James McArthur (8)
A first win of the season for Palace and a welcome first win for Frank de Boer against a younger than expected opposition but a good run out for two academy players to see the Eagles into the draw for the next round. It was far from the perfect performance but a win is a win in a cup competition and breeds much needed confidence throughout the team.
1 Julian Speroni (6) – A welcome sight for fans between the sticks as the legendary Argentine stopped got a start for the cup tie but did not have an awful lot to contend with throughout the game.
34 Martin Kelly (7) – Subject of recent transfer speculation, the defender put in a solid performance in what was his first start of the season but did not have much to deal with.
6 Scott Dann (6) – Lead from the back for the first half before being replaced and came through unscathed as fans found it hard to watch at times with the events at Southampton last season still in the memory. Replaced by 24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah (6) on 45 minutes who provided a little more urgency and pace to the back line as the hosts surged forward.
2 Joel Ward (6) – Assured at the back dealing with whatever came his way in simple fashion in his best showing of the season so far.
15 Jeffrey Schlupp (7) – Always looked to use his pace and get forward providing a much needed outlet, pressuring the opposition defence at every opportunity.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (6) – Did not really assert himself on the game as much perhaps he should have done against the visitors in what was a more advanced role. Replaced by 10 Andros Townsend (7) on 57 minutes who provided a real injection of energy which encouraged others to improve.
18 James McArthur (8) – Did more than his fair share in what was his first start of the season after injury with a brace of goals to see off the young visitors, and two very well taken goals they were too as the game entered the final quarter of an hour.
7 Yohan Cabaye (7) – Great to see the Frenchman back in the starting line up but he lacked his usual quality but caused the visitors enough problems during the game.
42 Jason Puncheon (6) – Worked well in the midfield alongside McArthur and Cabaye but they both overshadowed him during the cup tie.
25 Sullay KaiKai (6) – Pleased to see the academy player get another start in the first team. Chances came and went in what is another notch in the learning curve for the exciting prospect. Replaced by 14 Lee Chung-yong (6) on 75 minutes who exerted some influence and experience on the game for the final part of the game.
28 Jason Lokilo (6) – First competitive start for the first team and really came into his own when the introduction of Townsend pushed him into a more central role after a quiet start.
Unused substitutes – Wayne Hennessey, James Tomkins, Luke Milivojevic, Christian Benteke
- Total shots: 18 – 4
- Shots on target: 8 – 1
- Possession: 66% – 34%
- Corners: 10 – 1
- Fouls: 7 – 10
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 26/08/2017 – Swansea City (h)
- 10/09/2017 – Burnley (a)
- 16/09/2017 – Southampton (h)