Premier League Statistics: Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 23rd September 2017
- Venue – Etihad Stadium
- Attendance – 53,526
- Referee – Neil Swarbrick
- Bookings – Mendy, Danilo, Sane, Schlupp
- Goals – Sane (44), Sterling (51, 59), Aguero (79), Delph (89)
- Star Eagle – Patrick van Aanholt (6.8)
The result that everyone was predicting and expected but there was a point where the visitors were frustrating the hosts, right up until their opening goal in fact. Regardless of the loss, this game will be noted by Palace fans for the dropping to the bench of Joel Ward and Jason Puncheon who have both struggled of late. However, still no points or goals after six games is making it increasingly difficult to tolerate let alone write about but when you struggle in your opening five games, how is your luck when the fixtures put you up against three teams that will most likely finish in the top four.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (5.8) – Yet another unconvincing performance that only provides fans with more reason to question his place in between sticks.
24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah (6.3) – Not his best game for the club since he arrived but the wide men he was up against were quite a class above. Will no doubt learn from it.
6 Scott Dann (5.8) – The captaincy returned to the centre back for the game in the absence of Puncheon but it was a torrid time for the back line particularly in the centre where they were over-run with every attack they faced.
12 Mamadou Sakho (5.5) – Not the second debut for the club that the Frenchman would have wanted after almost putting through his own net early on but thankfully his header came off the post.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (6.8) – One of few players that came out of the game with any credit on his return to the starting line up particularly in the face of adversity.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.3) – Struggled to get to grips with the midfield and often chasing shadows with little support.
7 Yohan Cabaye (6.3) – At one point in the game, the Frenchman had made the least touches of all outfield players which says everything about his afternoon. Replaced by 42 Jason Puncheon (5.8) on 57 minutes who showed very little which vindicated the decision to start him from the bench.
10 Andros Townsend (6.4) – Expected more from the talented winger particularly in the absence of Wilfried Zaha but failed to provide much in this one.
8 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6.4) – Great early chance which cannoned off the post but found himself dropping deeper as the game wore on.
15 Jeffrey Schlupp (5.9) – A more advanced role for the player that had been used in the left back slot lately. Tried to take advantage of his pace but was rarely involved enough to have an effect.
17 Christian Benteke (6.4) – Made himself a nuisance early on but later left the field with a worrying injury that already sees him miss the next game and could be more. Replaced by 26 Bakary Sako (5.8) on 72 minutes who really did not provide that outlet to give the defence a break in the last half hour.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 2 Joel Ward, 5 James Tomkins, 18 James McArthur, 44 Jairo Reidewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“I thought at half time to come in at 1-0 down is a bit unfortunate. I thought we played some good football. The goal before half time was damaging. We did not defend anywhere near as well as we should have for that goal.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“The first half we had problems as the ball must be moved and we did not move it. But the last 10-15 minutes of the half we got it. The second half was much better. Sane’s goal was so important. His first touch for the goal was brilliant. He runs in behind amazingly. Always the right tempo and moment.” – Pep Guardiola courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Leroy Sane (10.0) while Sergio Aguero (6) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Timothy Fosu-Mensah (4) and Leroy Sane (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.47 – 6.11
- Total shots: 25 – 5
- Shots on target: 9 – 0
- Possession: 71.3% – 28.7%
- Pass success: 90% – 73%
- Dribbles: 14 – 15
- Aerials won: 8 – 10
- Tackles: 6 – 17
- Corners: 8 – 2
- Dispossessed: 12 – 5
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The Eagles remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, still without a point or a goal. Bournemouth are 19th with just three points while in 18th are West Ham United on four points.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 30/09/2017 – Manchester United (a)
- 14/10/2017 – Chelsea (h)
- 21/10/2017 – Newcastle United (a)