Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton
- Date – 18th November 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,526
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Bookings – Keane, Niasse, Davies, Sakho, Milivojevic
- Goals – McArthur (1), Baines (6 pen), Zaha (35), Niasse (45)
- Star Eagle – Wilfried Zaha (7.7)
Palace let what looked like a destined win get away from them after anther very good performance. Regardless of some very inept refereeing, the Eagles found a way to shoot themselves in the foot by handing a second equaliser to the visitors. There was little point bemoaning the officials as there were enough chances for the hosts to take what would have been three much needed points.
As Big Sam taught us, respect the point, but this could have and should have been so much better. Roy Hodgson has certainly got the team playing to their strengths as Palace dominated this game and hopefully it will only be a matter of time before such performances are rewarded.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
1 JULIAN SPERONI (6.6) – Awful decision making which allowed the visitors to level for a second time but made an excellent save early in the second half to redeem himself. Good distribution was noticeable.
2 JOEL WARD (7.1) – Not the only player guilty of not playing to teammates strengths by putting balls high into the box when Benteke was not on the pitch but one low cross he did put in resulted in a goal for Zaha. Must take note.
6 SCOTT DANN (5.1) – Played his part in the second goal for the visitors but was put into a difficult position by Speroni otherwise was pretty solid at the back and looking more comfortable playing the ball on the floor.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.3) – Guilty of retaining possession too long on occasions which gave fans kittens more often than not and received a booking for losing the ball in one such situation after hauling down a player. Continued to be strong in the tackle and could do little about either goal.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.4) – Good display out on the left and always a willing runner forward to support the attack.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.0) – Instrumental in Palace winning the midfield battle with a top performance in the middle of the park and proving the perfect foil for Cabaye and McArthur to push on.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (7.4) – Another fine display from the Frenchman who once again left everything out on the field. Replaced by 42 JASON PUNCHEON (5.9) on 85 minutes who had little time to get into the game but encouraged groans from the fans when failing to control the ball on two separate occasions.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.4) – Back in the starting line up and on the score sheet before some fans had the chance to get themselves into their seats as he found himself in the right place at the right time. Replaced by 17 Christian Benteke (6.2) on 75 minutes who had two great chances which he failed to take. Looked like a player lacking match fitness.
8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (7.4) – Shook off injury that forced him off in his second England appearance and put in a performance that exuded confidence.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.7) – Great goal but looked a little subdued for the most part which could have been down to being on the end of a few strong challenges.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.9) – Worked hard throughout trying to find an opening and looked lively. Played his part in the build up to what was a well worked second goal.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 5 James Tomkins, 23 Pape Souare, 24 Fosu-Mensah, 26 Bakary Sako
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“We really did boss the game, playing some excellent football. We have dropped two more points. Mistakes happen, don’t they? Being wise after the event doesn’t serve any purpose at all. I thought Loftus-Cheek was very good today, as was the whole midfield. Our midfield controlled the game totally, and we used the ball very well. I can’t ask for more than I got from the players today, but I must admit to being bitterly disappointed. It is not enough just to give players credit for a performance – as a manager I was to see some points on the board.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“That was a well-fought point. I am delighted with a point. We conceded two poor goals – our own downfall. To concede so early is always a blow but we came back strongly and this team has shown they have fight and desire.” David Unsworth courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Gylfi Siggurdson (8.3) while Scott Dann, Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic and Andros Townsend (2) shared the most shots. Idrissa Gueye (10) made the most tackles Wilfried Zaha and Oumar Niasse (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.71 – 6.90
- Total shots: 16 – 8
- Shots on target: 7 – 5
- Possession: 68.5% – 31.5%
- Pass success: 82% – 66%
- Dribbles: 13 – 9
- Aerials won: 16 – 17
- Tackles: 13 – 34
- Corners: 9 – 4
- Dispossessed: 22 – 8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace remain bottom of the table but move to five points behind Swansea City in 19th on eight points and West Ham United in 18th on nine points.
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