League Cup Statistics: Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town
- Date – 19th September 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 6,607
- Referee – Lee Probert
- Bookings -Tomkins, Sakho
- Goals – Sako
- Star Eagle – Pape Souare, there’s only one Pape Souare!
A triumphant evening at Selhurst Park where the Eagles ticked off three important tasks. A win to see them through to the fourth round. The first appearance for Mamadou Sakho after signing permanently and the very welcome but emotional return of Pape Souare a year after being involved in a horrific car accident. More importantly, wins breed much needed confidence and hopefully this one will be no different.
1 Speroni, 34 Kelly, 5 Tomkins, 12 Sakho (27 Delaney 70), 3 van Aanholt, 10 Townsend, 4 Milivojevic, 44 Riedewald (7 Cabaye 80), 15 Schlupp (23 Souare 45), 26 Sako, 14 Chung-yong Lee
Unused substitutes – 13 Hennessey, 2 Ward, 22 Jordon Mutch, 17 Christian Benteke
FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT BY SAM CARP
- It is already clear why Mamadou Sakho was Palace’s biggest priority in the summer. His composure has a calming effect on the rest of the back four, and it is no coincidence that our first clean sheet of the season came with him at the heart of the defence.
- Short-termism has been somewhat of a buzzword in recent weeks, but Bakary Sako could be a temporary fix for the lack of depth up front. The Malian held the ball up well, showed some nice touches and deserved his first competitive goal in over two years.
- Jairo Riedewald and Luka Milivojevic could work as a midfield pair. Both have a great passing range and controlled the game from deep, which gave the other midfielders and full backs license to bomb forward and support the lone striker.
- Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp should both start, at least until Wilfried Zaha is back fit. Palace need pace on both wings, and the duo were a constant threat when they linked up down the left in the first half. PVA, in particular, looks so much more comfortable in a system which allows him to overlap.
- Things will come together. Tuesday night was a step in the right direction, and while the next three league fixtures are daunting, this game showed that the players haven’t given up and are already buying into Roy Hodgson’s ideas.
- Yes, this is number six of our five things but if ever there was an excuse then this is it – Pape Souare is a hero, but we already knew that.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“The week’s work has really pleased me. I’m pleased with the win, pleased with the first half performance after only a week’s work. The second half I was pleased when the going got tougher; we had to dig in, fight, chase and we did that too. It was a very positive evening. We left a lot of players out who have been playing.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
- Total shots: 7 – 11
- Shots on target: 5 – 4
- Possession: 46% – 54%
- Corners: 3 – 4
- Fouls: 10 – 9
The Eagles are in the hat for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with plenty of Premier League sides already fallen by the way side. The draw takes place on Wednesday evening.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 23/09/2017 – Manchester City (a)
- 30/09/2017 – Manchester United (a)
- 14/10/2017 – Chelsea (h)