FA Cup Statistics: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Crystal Palace
- Date – 8th January 2018
- Venue – Amex Community Stadium
- Attendance – 14,507
- Referee – Andre Marriner
- Bookings – Riedewald
- Goals – Stephens (25), Sako (69), Murray (87)
- Star Eagle – Bakary Sako (8)
Disappointing all round on the South Coast in a game where neither team excelled but the Eagles should really have taken advantage after finding a terrific equaliser. No loss is a good loss particularly to a rival but it came at a heftier price with two more players returning back to South London with injuries. It was an extremely frustrating night as boss Roy Hodgson testified and went on to proclaim that the injury list is the worst he has experienced as a coach. That is quite something considering how long he has been managing. On this showing, many are likely right to question this as a true rivalry with the real lack of interest in the game which did more harm than good.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5) – Should have done better with the opening goal even without the support of the defence in front of him.
24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (6) – Struggled with a couple of knocks during the game but battled through using his pace to good effect.
27 DAMIEN DELANEY (5) – First start for a while and it showed. Hard to say but difficult seeing him back starting in the Premier League again.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6) – Solid enough game dealing with whatever came his way with little fuss.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (5) – Picked up an early injury after not shying away from a tough challenge. Replaced by 23 PAPE SOUARE (6) on 13 minutes and it was great to see the Senegalese full back on the pitch once again. Looked a little erratic at times but settled into his role as the game wore on.
28 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) – Not on par with his performance against City but was always involved in a midfield battle where the visitors did not see a lot of the ball.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (6) – Surprised starter but worked hard, showed little sign of tiredness by lasting the whole game.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6) – Worked hard but a little off his game like the rest of the team were for the most part.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7) – One of the better performers on the night, making positive runs forward as much as possible.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – Struggled to make in roads until injury cut short his game. Replaced by 25 SULLAY KAIKAI KaiKai (5) on 45 minutes who failed to make an impact or any real telling contributions.
26 BAKARY SAKO (8) – An excellent performance from the Malian international on a rare start. Scored a great goal to equalise which ultimately did not prove to be enough.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 5 James Tomkins, 29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 4 Luka Milivojevic, 14 Chung-yong Lee
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“It is probably the worst injury situation in my career, I cannot remember a situation where I have had to select a team with seven players totally out of the question in terms of being able to play and then to lose two more who have been playing every week for us making it nine. We can only hope that one or two of them that could not play tonight through injury might just recover for the weekend if we are lucky. It is going to be an enormous blow for us going forward to try and find the competitive team I think we need to play every Premier League match.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
- Total shots: 18 – 5
- Shots on target: 6 – 3
- Possession: 56% – 44%
- Corners: 10 – 6
- Fouls: 6 – 9
Brighton will take the long trip to Tony Pulis’ new club Middlesbrough in the fourth round while Palace can look forward to a week off which the injury ravaged squad will probably need, not that they have had any choice in the matter that is!
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