Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United
- Date – 28th October 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,242
- Referee – Robert Madley
- Bookings – Zabaleta, Dann, Masuaka
- Goals – Hernandez (31), Ayew (43), Milivojevic (50), Zaha (90)
- Star Eagle – Yohan Cabaye (8.3)
A game packed full of incident and an England goalkeeper that ended up being the one that prevented to hosts going on to take all three points. After an average first half riddled with mistakes, two of which gave the visitors the opportunity to take a two goal lead going into the break but the Eagles staged a terrific fightback full of guts and heart. It was certainly a point won from the position Palace found, or even put, themselves into and it was that man Zaha scoring with the last kick of the game, cue pandemonium in the stands.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
1 Julian Speroni (5.6) – Hard to recall a save that the Argentinian had to make but had a hand in the equaliser with his throw starting off one final attack.
2 Joel Ward (6.1) – Difficult game for the full back. Went missing for the second goal leaving a gaping hole down the right hand side which the visitors took full advantage of. Replaced by 26 Bakary Sako (6.0) on 60 minutes who had a good half hour putting the opposition defence on the back foot whenever he got the ball.
5 James Tomkins (7.8) – Great performance against his former team and had a running battle with Hernandez throughout. Forced a fingertip save from Joe Hart with a header that looked destined for the top corner.
6 Scott Dann (6.4) – Received a booking for his troubles and found himself turned inside out ahead of conceding the second goal.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (6.2) – Received a knock early on and replaced by 24 Timonth Fosu-Mensah (7.3) on 11 minutes who took a little while to get into the game but was not long before he was getting stuck in. Superb challenge to prevent an attack when he arrived from no-where.
28 Luka Milivojevic (6.6) – Horrible mistake that led to the second goal but a performance that deserved a goal which he got from the spot.
7 Yohan Cabaye (8.3) – Superb game from the Frenchman, getting involved in everything and the driving force for the Eagles through the middle. Almost finished of a great team move perfectly but his effort rebounded off the post.
15 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.7) – One of very few offensive players that won his fair share of headers for such a stocky short player, almost got on the score sheet but denied by the Hammers keeper.
8 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7.1) – Started and finished the game well but found himself wasted out wide for the most part. More effective driving through the middle which was helped with the arrival of Sako on the pitch.
10 Andros Townsend (7.7) – Worked hard for the duration of the game and is becoming a real fans favourite. Always looked to pick up the ball and be tricky when in possession, one such period of play led to the penalty after he was fouled in the area.
11 Wilfried Zaha (8.1) – Started as the lone striker but really came into his own in the second half when his trickery and constant running at the backline caused havoc. Great battling ahead of scoring a dramatic late equaliser.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 27 Damien Delaney, 34 Martin Kelly, 42 Jason Puncheon, 44 Jairo Riedewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“If we had not got something then it would have been really, really unjust. To lose a game where you only faced two shots and you’ve had twenty odd, and hit the post and had one cleared off the line, it is hard to take. Although we are pleased, because you are always pleased to get a point when staring defeat in the face, I still thought it was scant reward. We are happy with a point but I believe, on the performance, we deserved more.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“We knew that the game was not over at 2-0 up. I am very disappointed with the penalty, but the way we conceded the leveller was very disappointing. We needed to keep the ball and we made the wrong decision. We have to manage the game on the pitch. The game was finished.” – Slaven Bilic courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Yohan Cabaye (8.3) while Wilfried Zaha (6) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Pablo Zabaleta (9) and Manuel Lanzini (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.91 – 6.91
- Total shots: 19 – 6
- Shots on target: 9 – 2
- Possession: 56.9% – 43.1%
- Pass success: 78% – 74%
- Dribbles: 18 – 14
- Aerials won: 20 – 19
- Tackles: 21 – 23
- Corners: 11 – 2
- Dispossessed: 17 – 13
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace move on to four points but remain bottom of the table behind Bournemouth in 19th with seven points and Everton in 18th with eight points.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 05/11/2017 – Tottenham Hotspur (a)
- 18/11/2017 – Everton (h)
- 25/11/2017 – Stoke City (h)