Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City
- Date – 31st January 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,804
- Referee – Jon Moss
- Bookings – Cabaye, Dann, van Aanholt, Sane, Fernandinho, Toure Aguero
- Star Eagle – Wilfried Zaha (7.7)
Many predicted a hefty defeat for the Eagles in the build up to this fixture and there were a fair share of fans that perhaps expected the same but Palace put in a performance full of spirit and passion. It was far from easy and it turned into quite a battle against a team seeking to continue their winning run but it ended in South London. It could have been so much better for the hosts but for a late penalty miss.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.6) – Surprise start for the Welshman ahead of Speroni but proved his worth by doing what he needed to do throughout the game with some confidence too.
24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (7.4) – Superb display from the loanee who made his first start back from injury and really put in a performance against the pace and power of the opposition.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.4) – Fast becoming a fan favourite and Mr Reliable at the heart of the defence and continued his recent fine form with a terrific defensive display.
6 SCOTT DANN (6.3) – Stretched off early on and it does not sound like good news for the centre back with rumoured ligament damage that could keep him out for some time. Replaced 34 MARTIN KELLY (6.2) on 20 minutes who slotted in well alongside Tomkins and proved once again that the centre of defence is his better position.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.0) – Made a couple of errors early on but improved immensely as the game went on in his return from injury replacing Schlupp.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.6) – Commanding midfield showing once again but will be remembered for the missed penalty and the man that could have ended City’s unbeaten run.
44 JAIRO REIDEWALD (6.9) – First start for the highly rated Dutchman and it was a performance to be proud of, one the fans will no doubt want to see much more of.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (6.9) – Worked hard both with and without the ball and seemed to revel when in possession of the captains armband for the short time he wore it. Replaced by 42 JASON PUNCHEON (6.0) on 76 minutes whose only contribution was to take a tactical booking and leave the pitch himself on a stretcher like his opponent did. Replaced by 14 CHUNG-YONG LEE (6.0) on 90 minutes who had little time to make any impact.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.7) – Looked a little jaded in the first half but came into his own with his usual pace and trickery. Good battle with Kyle Walker before switching sides with proved inspired as he won a penalty.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.2) – Worked hard throughout by chasing down and harassing the opposition. Had a wonderful chance to score but blasted his effort wide.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.0) – Better game for the Belgian in this one by working well off the ball and winning his fair share of headers and flicks but should have done better with a late effort that he headed wide.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 23 Pape Souare, 25 Sullay KaiKai, 27 Damien Delaney,
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘I am very proud of the team’s performance. I know how difficult it is to play a team of Manchester City’s quality. Before the game we would have been jumping through hoops at having claimed a point, then you get a penalty late in the game, so there is an element of sadness at a chance missed. But I’ve said to the players to continue that level of performance week after week and we’ve got a good chance of staying in the league.’ – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
‘I am not thinking to be unbeaten. That is not going to happen. Maybe Arsene is worried about that but I tell him many times that 2004 run is for him. Today is completely different to 2004. There are now more strong teams, a lot of competitions, a lot of games.’ – Pep Guardiola courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Nicolas Otamendi (7.9) while Kevin de Bruyne (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Luka Milivojevic (6) and Wilfried Zaha (7) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.80 – 6.80
- Total shots: 10 – 15
- Shots on target: 1 – 4
- Possession: 25.7% – 74.3%
- Pass success: 60% – 87%
- Dribbles: 17 – 14
- Aerials won: 15 – 16
- Tackles: 19 – 14
- Corners: 7 – 8
- Dispossessed: 11 – 15
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 17th in the table with 19 points from 21 games, level on points with Newcastle United in 16th and a point ahead of West Ham United in 18th.
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