Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
- Date – 13th December 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 23,566
- Referee – Lee Mason
- Bookings – Milivojevic, Cleverley
- Sent off – Cleverley
- Goals – Janmaat (3), Sako (89), McArthur (90)
- Star Eagle – James Tomkins (7.7)
This was a dire showing from the hosts who struggled after conceding early against what looked a classy, confident side. The visitors failed to double their lead and Palace kept on battling to get back into the game and needed no second invitation after a foolish second yellow card saw Tom Cleverley receive his marching orders. The end to this game will live long in the memory as will the harsh treatment of Wilfried Zaha by the visiting fans only for Eagles number eleven to pay them back, with plenty of interest. A huge three points for Palace.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
1 JULIAN SPERONI (6.5) – In his 400th performance for the club our favourite Argentine was only really called into action once which he dealt with well.
24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (7.0) – Excellent game for the pacey full back who provided that bit extra than we are used to from this position particularly going forward. Forced off through injury and replaced by 26 BAKARY SAKO (7.3) on 70 minutes who really proved a point from the bench and getting the all important equaliser.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.7) – Solid showing in the centre of the back line in a much needed run of games in the starting line up. Showing just what fans had hoped he’d be.
6 SCOTT DANN (7.6) – A return to the starting line up and had his work cut out both in his defensive position and role as captain with Zaha growing more and more frustrated as minutes ticked by.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.0) – Struggled all evening after recent good performances but kept on battling just like the whole team did.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.7) – Picked up a fifth booking which results in a one match ban so perhaps needs to learn to swear at referee’s in Serbian. Continued to be the driving force through the middle.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (6.0) – There is a real argument that the Frenchman should be the captain of the side. Showed true leadership qualities by urging the team on through difficult periods. Ran out of steam in the end and replaced by 18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.5) on 77 minutes who turned out to be the match winner.
8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (6.8) – Looks like his role will continue out wide for now and while it was not his best game, he continued to show quality on the ball.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.1) – Taunted by the away fans all evening and rarely got any protection from the officials but paid them back in interest with his influence during the late, late show.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.2) – Lacklustre game and while he carried on working to get involved, what he tried rarely came off. Replaced by 3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.3) on 67 minutes who found it difficult to get into the game and create an impact.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.7) – Put himself about right from the off and was a big part of this win thanks to his hard working, selfless performance. Should have arguably been awarded a penalty after being hauled down in the area.
Unused substitutes – 1 Wayne Hennessey, 34 Martin Kelly, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 14 Chung-yong Lee
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“The moment we think our problems are over is the moment our problems will begin. We have a mountain to climb and it’s wonderful to win but we’re still very close to the bottom of the table because we haven’t quite made up from getting zero points from the first seven games.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“If you want to fight in football and take the points you deserve you have to play for 95 minutes. We did everything well until 90 minutes. We were leading but 1-0 is not enough.” – Marco Silva courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Daryl Janmaat (7.7) who also had the most shots along with Richarlison (3), The most tackles were made by Tom Cleverley (6) as Wilfried Zaha (5) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.87 – 6.42
- Total shots: 14 – 7
- Shots on target: 4 – 2
- Possession: 53.6% – 46.4%
- Pass success: 77% – 69%
- Dribbles: 8 – 4
- Aerials won: 35 – 16
- Tackles: 13 – 21
- Corners: 4 – 6
- Dispossessed: 12 – 5
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace move up to 18th in the table with 14 points, level with West Bromwich Albion in 17th and West Ham United in 19th.
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