Premier League Statistics: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 29th November 2017
- Venue – Amex Stadium
- Attendance – 29,869
- Referee – Andre Marriner
- Bookings – Izquierdo, Dunk
- Star Eagle – James Tomkins (7.8)
After all the build up to the first derby game in a little under five years, the result was a little disappointing and did not really help either team. However, taking a first point away from home against a team in the top ten is perhaps a better result for Palace than it was for the hosts. The Eagles arguably just edged the encounter but all the talk will be more around the issues off the pitch than on it.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.6) – Strong showing from the big Welsh stopper, good in the air and made the saves expected of him. Always been a good kicker of the ball and one such clearance down field created two very good chances.
2 JOEL WARD (7.3) – Part of a solid back line for the Eagles that did not give the hosts much room in the final third.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.8) – Followed up an impressive performance against Stoke with another against our foes from the South Coast.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.1) – Forming a very good partnership with Tomkins in the centre of defence, made good decisions to clear the ball instead of playing it.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.0) – Very good game from the former Leicester man who is starting to make the left back slot his own.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.9) – Not up to his usual standards but still battled enough to protect the backline.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (6.6) – Off colour in this one and looked visibly jaded. Replaced by 18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.7) on 66 minutes who added some much needed fresh legs in the middle of the park.
8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (7.3) – Once again played out wide and did the best he could in what is an unaccustomed position for him. Guilty of losing possession more often than not.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.6) – Struggled in the face of tough man marking and was often up against three opposition players. He was clearly targeted as the main threat.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.2) – With the hosts attentions firmly fixed on Zaha most would have expected Townsend to take advantage more than he did but he failed to so.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.9) – Looked like he is returning to match fitness, lively throughout but guilty once again of missing chances that came his way. Provided the team with a target which created problems for the opposition.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 3 Patrick van Aanholt, 6 Scott Dann, 24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 26 Bakary Sako, 42 Jason Puncheon
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“Both teams tried to play the game they wanted to play. Chris and myself made it a clear that it was a game played in the head not the heart. It wasn’t going to be a rumbustious game with people flying into each other. That’s not the way either side play. Christian Benteke did well for us. He is still feeling his way after such a long lay-off. We hope he will get stronger and stronger and hopefully the team will be more clinical in the final third.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“We have to ask did we play well enough to win the game? Probably not. But neither did they. So it’s a fair result. We had some good opportunities but the longer it went on, the way it went, it was going to be a stalemate, and you felt maybe it would be a set-piece or a mistake that would settle it. It was a nervous game and didn’t have the flow. Maybe not the style that you would expect a derby to have.” – Chris Hughton courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Anthony Knockeart (8.0) while Wilfried Zaha (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by James Tomkins (5) as Knockeart (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.75 – 7.08
- Total shots: 9 – 11
- Shots on target: 4 – 4
- Possession: 53.4% – 46.6%
- Pass success: 74% – 73%
- Dribbles: 8 – 14
- Aerials won: 23 – 29
- Tackles: 15 – 10
- Corners: 10 – 5
- Dispossessed: 7 – 12
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace move on to nine points and move level with Swansea City in 19th but remain bottom on goal difference. West Ham United are 18th with ten points while West Bromwich Albion are 17th with twelve.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 02/12/2017 West Bromwich Albion (a)
- 09/12/2017 Bournemouth (h)
- 12/12/2017 Watford (h)
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