Premier League Statistics: Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
- Date – 2nd January 2018
- Venue – St Marys’ Stadium
- Attendance – 28,411
- Referee – Stuart Attwell
- Bookings – Fosu-Mensah
- Goals – Long (17), McArthur (69), Milivojevic (80)
- Star Eagle – Luka Milivojevic (8.1)
When Palace went a goal down courtesy of a player who had not scored in forever, it was looking very much like a this was going to be a second loss in the space of three games. This Palace side is full of pride and passion but those attributes alone will not always see teams through. It took tactical changes by Roy Hodgson to set the Eagles on their way in order to ensure a run of just one loss in eleven games. The recovery continues in earnest.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.6) – Followed up his good performance against City on his recall to the starting line up with a confident display in this one.
24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (6.2) – Struggled a little on the heavy pitch and not on par with his showing against City but did what was required.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.7) – A start at centre back in place of the injured Scott Dann and proved once again that this is where he should play rather than at right back.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.9) – Long may this run of games continue as we are going to need him in this kind of form. Knitted the back line together.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.3) – Missed the City game and looked like he could do with more of a rest as seemed unusually lethargic. Replaced by 26 BAKARY SAKO (6.2) on 64 minutes who proved to be the catalyst for the victory by driving at the hosts and forcing the game at every opportunity.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (8.1) – Took the armband off Cabaye at the break and revelled in the responsibility. Brilliant strike that would be worthy of winning any game.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.8) – Back in the starting line up with a bang as the Scot put in his usual hard work up and down the pitch and deservedly got himself on the score sheet.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (5.7) – The captains armband suits the Frenchman. Looked jaded throughout the first half and perhaps may not have started the game had Hodgson been able to call upon suitable replacements. Replaced by 3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.5) on 46 minutes who provided the extra pace and urgency that was required.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.9) – Found it difficult on a pitch that was not conducive to his usual game. Should have got himself a goal late on to secure the points.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.9) – The former Spurs man was everywhere, putting in a real shift all over the pitch. It was his pass to Milivojevic in space that set up the winner.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.8) – Has been highly criticised of late but the fact is, this win would not have happened had it not been for the big Belgian. Superb header back across goal to set up the equaliser for McArthur.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 23 Pape Souare, 27 Damien Delaney, 14 Chung-yong Lee, 44 Jairo Riedewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“The players deserve enormous credit to get four points from the programme that we have had, with such short recovery time. I thought in the first half the pitch was quite heavy and did not suit the type of football we like to play, but we certainly got over that in second half. We knew it would be tough for our midfield, Cabaye we know is a magnificent player but we knew it would be difficult for him to get ninety minutes so at half-time we brought him off and hoped Patrick and Wilfried would lead to more domination in their half. Luckily the changes worked for us and I was happy with how it worked out in the end.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“It is a difficult game for us to digest because in the first half it was completely different and we were talking about how to score the second goal, but we gave them the possibility to score a couple of goals because we played backwards and sometimes we played too deep. My players’ confidence will be down but that is normal. We must learn how to play this type of game, especially when the conditions are like that.” – Mauricio Pellegrino courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Luka Milivojevic (8.9) while Shane Long (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Oriol Romeu (5) and Wilfried Zaha (7) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.59 – 6.89
- Total shots: 10 – 11
- Shots on target: 3 – 4
- Possession: 61.1% – 38.9%
- Pass success: 79% – 70%
- Dribbles: 9 – 15
- Aerials won: 16 – 23
- Tackles: 26 – 15
- Corners: 4 – 7
- Dispossessed: 11- 17
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace move up to 14th with 22 points from 22 games, level with Newcastle United in 13th and a point ahead of Bournemouth and West Ham United in 15th and 16th.
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