Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton
- Date – 16th September 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 24,199
- Referee – Robert Madley
- Bookings – Dann, Ward, Puncheon, Cabaye, McArthur, Long
- Goals – Davis (6)
- Star Eagle – Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7.5)
Palace fans have often wondered what a ‘new manager bounce’ is and will continue to do so after a losing debut for Roy Hodgson in charge of the Eagles. This was not as good a showing as last week at Turf Moor but once again Palace were bemoaning their luck with the opposition keeper in fine form. Regardless, it is hard to take much from this performance with Hodgson only in place midway through the week but it will be all too clear to him now just how much of a challenge this will be.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (6.7) – Did what was asked of him all afternoon but did not get the support from his team mates after his save led to the the only goal of the game.
2 Joel Ward (7.1) – Got forward to support the attack on a number of occasions but was found desperately wanting with his final ball.
6 Scott Dann (6.9) – Solid performance from the centre back who ended the game once again leading the line.
24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah (6.5) – The young loanee tweeted apologies for the result after the game but in truth he was the last of the starting line up that needed to offer such a sentiment.
15 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.9) – Struggled throughout the game in the left back slot to the point where he had little confidence going forward in the second half.
18 James McArthur (5.8) – An off colour showing from the Scotsman in the middle of the park. Replaced by 4 Luka Milivojevic (6.4) on 69 minutes who showed some nice touches and allowed Cabaye some more freedom.
7 Yohan Cabaye (6.4) – Another commanding performance for the Eagles but the lack of possession by the hosts hindered him.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.2) – Suffered with a wider role than he is used to, probably more so because the captain is so out of form at the moment. Great chance to score was blocked from close range.
8 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7.5) – A welcome return for the Chelsea loan player and starred once again, proving to be the driving force whenever Palace pushed forward. Replaced by 26 Bakary Sako (6.3) on 78 minutes who made very little impact as the game wound down.
10 Andros Townsend (6.5) – Lively for the most part and always looked to work an opportunity but found it difficult getting the final ball to Benteke.
17 Christian Benteke (6.5) – Left isolated an awful lot and suffered through a real lack of service but battled well in an effort to create something for himself.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 3 Patrick van Aanholt, 5 James Tomkins, 34 Martin Kelly, 14 Chung-yong Lee
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“We did not deserve a fairy tale ending. We did not play well enough. After the goal you could see the nerves and anxiety. The only comfort I could take is that we got better as the game went on. The players care and they hurt and you could not say they were not trying. It was not a game with lots of chances but they had too much possession and we allowed that because we were not compact enough.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“The first half was good, we created chances. In the second half they pressed higher but generally we controlled the game. Our spirit from the beginning to the end was there.” – Mauricio Pellegrino courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Mario Lemina (8.3) while Joel Ward, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathan Redmond had the most shots (3). The most tackles were made by Mario Lemina (5) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the most dribbles (6).
- Team rating: 6.59 – 7.00
- Total shots: 14 – 13
- Shots on target: 3 – 4
- Possession: 45.4% – 54.6%
- Pass success: 76% – 81%
- Dribbles: 11 – 9
- Aerials won: 22 – 20
- Tackles: 16 -14
- Corners: 5 – 5
- Dispossessed: 10 – 9
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are rooted to the bottom of table with no points in five games and no goals, behind Bournemouth in 19th on three points while there are a whole host of teams with four.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 19/09/2017 – Huddersfield Town (h)
- 23/09/2017 – Manchester City (a)
- 30/09/2017 – Manchester United (a)