Premier League Statistics: Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 10th September 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 18,862
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Bookings – Brady, Benteke
- Goals – Wood (3)
- Star Eagle – Yohan Cabaye (7.9)
An early catastrophic defensive error proved to be the difference between the two sides but this was the best performance of the season from the Eagles. It was a game many fans are wondering how Palace did not return to South London with at least a point. With Frank de Boer proving he is not against change, there were plenty of positives but the question is, will the Dutchman be given enough time to get this right?
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (5.8) – Not at fault for the goal and only had one real save to make which is proof alone how the game went.
2 Joel Ward (6.9) – Good performance from the full back who looked much more comfortable in a back four.
24 Timoth Fosu-Mensah (6.6) – Solid showing in the heart of the defence from the Dutchman alongside Dann and managed to deal with most that came his way.
6 Scott Dann (7.3) – Another player that looked at home in a back four and it was a towering performance from the centre back who had two clear chances to score, both should really have gone in but it was one of those afternoons.
15 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.9) – Surprise start at left back and struggled at times but worked hard to support the attack as much as possible and covered across the back line well.
18 James McArthur (6.3) – His usual industrial self by getting up and down the pitch but could not engineer any clear opportunities on goal. Replaced by 44 Jairo Riedewald (6.0) on 81 minutes who slotted into the midfield and provided some much needed fresh legs.
7 Yohan Cabaye (7.9) – Always looked comfortable on the ball and often found the urgency needed to push the visitors forward. A real touch of class on an afternoon that ended up a disappointment.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.6) – Plenty of question marks over the form of the Palace captain at the moment particularly when team mates are dropped for not performing to an expected level. Certainly not a case of him not trying but is clearly struggling at the moment which is hindering the team.
14 Lee Chung-yong (5.7) – Committed the cardinal sin of playing a pass back to the keeper drastically short allowing the hosts in to take the lead which proved to be the difference between the two sides. Struggled to really get into the game after that, lacked quality with his crosses into the box. Replaced by 32 Levi Lumeka (6.3) on 65 minutes which was a surprise change but the academy graduate provided energy and got involved. Great headed chance fell to him which was well defended.
10 Andros Townsend (7.8) – Even though he looked to tweak his groin, he continued to work hard in an effort to create something. Late effort in the second half was his best chance which was deflected wide.
17 Christian Benteke (6.8) – So disappointing not to see the big Belgian on the score sheet by the time the final whistle blew. A very frustrating afternoon for him and received a booking for his efforts.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 3 Patrick van Aanholt, 4 Luke Milivojevic, 25 Sullay KaiKai, 34 Martin Kelly
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“I cannot believe we lost. There is still frustration about the result but not about our performance. The goal we conceded was very disappointing. We have given a lot of sloppy goals away already and that was even worse. We did not give much away, controlled the game and you have to reward yourself by scoring goals. That is what football is about. I am not disappointed about the performance and it gives me a lot of hope for the future. I said straight after to the boys that if you play like this you will get your goals and rewards.” – Frank de Boer courtesy of BBC Sport.
“We were resolute, that was the key. Palace were the better side today, we didn’t get into our stride at all. They played well throughout the game. Sometimes it’s just not your day. It’s our worst performance of the season so far but the shape of the team, the belief in each other, was on show.” – Sean Dyche courtesy of BBC Sport
The Who Scored man of the match was James Tarkowski (8.6) while Scott Dann, Yohan Cabaye, Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke most shots (4). The most tackles were made by Johann Berg Gudmunsson (4) and Andros Townsend made the most dribbles (8).
- Team rating: 7.06 – 6.68
- Total shots: 4 – 23
- Shots on target: 2 – 5
- Possession: 35.2 – 64.8
- Pass success: 62% – 76%
- Dribbles: 9 – 26
- Aerials won: 25 – 23
- Tackles: 17 – 10
- Corners: 3 – 13
- Dispossessed: 8 – 10
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 19th in the Premier League table, level on points with West Ham United in 20th and Bournemouth in 18th, the only three teams yet to manage any points so far this season.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 16/09/2017 – Southampton (h)
- 19/09/2017 – Huddersfield Town (h)
- 23/09/2017 – Manchester City (a)