Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City
- Date – 26th August 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 23,477
- Referee – Andre Marriner
- Bookings – Puncheon, Ward, Benteke, Cabaye, Fer
- Goals – Abraham (44), Ayew (48)
- Star Eagle – Scott Dann (7.1)
After plenty of positives from the narrow defeat at Liverpool last weekend it was back to square one with a poor defeat to a team that were lacking similarly in confidence. The players remained confused about the new formation at home although did offer plenty more after the introduction of Cabaye and Lee. The mistakes that led to the second eliminated any opportunity of getting back into the game but there were no shortage of chances.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (5.5) – An unconvincing showing from the stopper in a desperate afternoon for the Eagles.
2 Joel Ward (6.5) – Improvement from the full back but often found very little support ahead of him.
5 James Tomkins (6.6) – The defender is clearly made of glass as he received an injury after an effort on goal. Replaced by 34 Martin Kelly (5.8) on 41 minutes who had a torrid afternoon being involved in both goals.
6 Scott Dann (7.1) – Solid showing from the centre back who is one player finding his form again but he could not prevent another loss.
24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah (5.9) – Struggled in this one but showed plenty of glimpses going forward. One foray resulted in a great cross and showed clear frustration as nobody could get on the end of it.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (6.2) – Disappointing showing from the defender who is looking more and more unlikely being the wing back option we expected he could be. Replaced by 14 Chung-yong Lee (6.1) on 46 minutes who had a very good second half both with and without the ball.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.2) – Another that is clearly struggling with the role in this formation and only lasted a half as a result. Replaced by 7 Yohan Cabaye (6.1) on 58 minutes who introduced and air of confidence on the ball allowing the hosts to step up their performance.
18 James McArthur (6.2) – The Scot could not follow up his brace of goals in midweek but worked hard throughout as we have become used to seeing.
42 Jason Puncheon (5.8) – Appeared a frustrated character on the pitch and only really got involved in the last half hour when Cabaye was introduced which has led to many questioning his starting place.
10 Andros Townsend (7.0) – The main offensive outlet during the game who continued to switch sides in a effort to create opportunities. Often lively and provided the threat but could not find the finish needed.
17 Christian Benteke (6.7) – No goals in three games but has had a number of chances to get off the mark. Arguably suffering more than most in the new formation which has cut the supply line. Needs to be more clinical.
Unused substitutes – Julian Speroni, Jeffrey Schlupp, Keshi Anderson, Jason Lokilo
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“It wasn’t until after we were 2-0 down that we showed we really can play. It is a very hard lesson for us. We have to show some balls from the first second of the game. If you do not show courage then you get punished. In the second half you saw a different Palace, one who creates chances, and with a bit of luck you make one of those. It just wasn’t the day for us. Hopefully you will see a different Palace after the international window.” – Frank de Boer courtesy of BBC Sport.
“It is hard coming away from home in the Premier League, so four points out of two away games is very positive. Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew took their goals well, they both scored midweek, it’s what you want from the strikers. But our offensive play in the second half needed to be much better. We will not get carried away, we have got to get better and improve.” – Paul Clement courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was shared between Tammy Abraham and Kyle Naughton (7.9). The most shots were by Andros Townsend (5) while a number of players shared the most tackles (3). Andros Townsend the most dribbles (4).
- Team rating: 6.25 – 7.09
- Total shots: 16 – 9
- Shots on target: 3 – 3
- Possession: 52.7% – 47.3%
- Pass success: 83% – 79%
- Dribbles: 6 – 6
- Aerials won: 24 – 19
- Tackles: 14 – 17
- Corners: 1 – 1
- Dispossessed: 14 – 9
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 19th in the table ahead of West Ham United in 20th and below Bournemouth in 18th, the only three teams without any points in the Premier League after three games.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 10/09/2017 – Burnley (a)
- 16/09/2017 – Southampton (h)
- 19/09/2017 – Huddersfield Town (h)