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League Cup Statistics: Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace

MATCH FACTS

  • Date – 25th October 2017
  • Venue – Ashton Gate
  • Attendance – 21,901
  • Referee – Tim Robinson
  • Bookings – none
  • Goals – Sako (21), Taylor (34), Djuric (39), Bryan (60), O’Dowda (66)
  • Star Eagle (s) – The fans for making the trip

TEB VERDICT

There is simply no disguising or sugar coating it, this was a truly appalling result even if it was at a venue where we have rarely had any success. Even though boss Roy Hodgson gave plenty of fringe players a run out to give them an opportunity to show what they can do, the line up should have been good enough to get something out of this cup tie.

Take nothing away from the hosts, they full deserved the win but the players selected for the Eagles failed to make an impression which highlights the lack of depth there is in the squad. Let us just hope this is the defeat that sees us turn a corner, something that has happened before after suffering a similar early season loss in the South West.

PLAYER RATINGS

Wayne Hennessey (4), James Tomkins (5), Martin Kelly (4), Patrick van Aanholt (4) (Levi Lumeka (5) 83), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (5), Jairo Riedewald (5), Jason Puncheon (c) (5), Lee Chung-yong (5) (Freddie Ladapo (5) 57), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (5), Sullay KaiKai (5) (Pape Souare (5) 64), Bakary Sako (6) 

Unused substitutes – Dion Henry, Michael Phillips, Damian Delaney, Jordon Mutch

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

“We contrived to give away goals at important times, and in the end we are on the back of a heavy defeat. For the first half we had arguably the better of the game. I am very disappointed for the fans who came all this way, and I am disappointed by the way we capitulated.

I took a risk – I take responsibility for that. It was an opportunity for them to knock on the door of the first team and threaten the places of the team I have played in the last two games. I am bitterly disappointed that didn’t work out because there were very few performances that made me think I was picking the wrong team.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.

MATCH STATISTICS

  • Total shots: 6 – 14
  • Shots on target: 5 – 9
  • Possession: 46% – 54%
  • Corners: 0 – 6
  • Fouls: 7 – 18

NEXT THREE FIXTURES

  • 28/10/2017 – West Ham United (h)
  • 05/11/2017 – Tottenham Hotspur (a)
  • 18/11/2017 – Everton (h)

 

 

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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and far too many other sports. Amateur radio presenter of The Meridian Sports Show.

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