Premier League Statistics: West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 2nd December 2017
- Venue – The Hawthorns
- Attendance – 23,531
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Bookings – Livermore, Ward, Field, Nyom
- Star Eagle – Julian Speroni (8.2)
Just one loss in six games has seen this Palace side become tough to beat since Roy Hodgson was appointed. While the Eagles could have really done with a win against the Baggies, this point was significant if only for lifting the side off the bottom of the table and the confidence that is likely to bring. The build up to this game was far from ideal with the late inclusions of Martin Kelly and Julian Speroni with the latter rolling back the years with a star showing.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY – Replaced before a ball had been kicked by 1 JULIAN SPERONI (8.5) as the big Welshman suffered an injury in the warm up. Our favourite Argentine had a terrific game considering his late call up to the starting line up.
2 JOEL WARD (7.3) – Stepped up well once again as part of what was a formidable back line performance.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.7) – Surprise inclusion following illness to Scott Dann and injury to James Tomkins, did well in the circumstances.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.8) – Led by example in the middle of the back line which helped settle Kelly back into the side quickly.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.0) – Continued to grow in the full back position and supported the attack as often as possible.
8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (7.3) – Still being used out wide but putting in the effort regardless by showing glimpses of skill to put the opposition on the back foot.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.0) – Far from his best game, could not match the superb goal he scored at the Hawthorns last season. Replaced by 26 BAKARY SAKO (6.0) on 87 minutes who had no time to make an impact.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.7) – Returned to the central position that he is more comfortable in the absence of Cabaye.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.1) – Good game once again from the Serb and solid as ever but having two similar players in the middle there was a real lack of creativity.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.7) – Quiet at times but always threatened the hosts with the ball at his feet. Two real claims for a penalty, both of which were turned down.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.2) – Signs of a return to match fitness and on another day could have had a hat-trick. Needs that goal but getting sharper with each game following his return from injury.
Unused substitutes – 3 Patrick van Aanholt, 24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 42 Jason Puncheon, 44 Jairo Riedewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“The scenario couldn’t have been much worse but I’m really pleased with the way we played and it was a well-deserved and valuable point. We were lucky nothing happened to Julian Speroni as we don’t know who’d have played in goal. Wayne’s back went into spasm. It’s not the first time it’s happened. We’re not blessed with back spasms, we had Ruben Loftus-Cheek too.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“”If we work like that every week, I’ll be pleased. We lacked a bit around the box but in terms of effort, we were very good. We bossed the game, except for one spell. Some composure and we might have won. We were really good in the second half. I’m looking forward to working with the guys.” – Alan Pardew courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Julian Speroni (8.5) while Jay Rodriguez (6) had the most shots. The player with the most tackles was Jeffrey Schlupp (4) as Ruben Loftus-Cheek (4) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.85 – 6.91
- Total shots: 20 – 10
- Shots on target: 6 – 2
- Possession: 51.2% – 48.8%
- Pass success: 72% – 72%
- Dribbles: 12 – 9
- Aerials won: 25 – 30
- Tackles: 15 – 15
- Corners: 3 – 7
- Dispossessed: 10 – 7
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace lift themselves off the bottom of the table to 18th and hit double points with ten after fifteen games. Swansea City drop to 20th on nine points while West Ham United slide to 19th level on points with the Eagles.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 09/12/2017 Bournemouth (h)
- 12/12/2017 Watford (h)
- 16/12/2017 Leicester City (a)