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Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley


  • Date – 13th January 2018
  • Venue – Selhurst Park
  • Attendance – 24,696
  • Referee – Michael Oliver
  • Bookings – Bardsley, Taylor, Defour
  • Goals – Sako (21)
  • Star Eagle – Timothy Fosu-Mensah/ Bakary Sako (7.9)


Even an injury ravaged squad could not effect the great league form that Palace are currently enjoying. It is almost down to the bare bones but this win was achieved by real hard work and passion. No idea what Roy Hodgson has done to this squad of players since he arrived at the club, or Bakary Sako individually come to that, but long may it continue. From no win from the opening seven games, we find ourselves on the fringes of the top half of the table after just one loss in twelve which has been a phenomenal effort.

PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)

13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.8) – Many have bee quick to criticise the big Welshman but rarely offer congratulations on a job well done. This is exactly one of those occasions as he stepped up when he needed to with a couple of great saves and claiming high balls into the box.

24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (7.9) – Strong solid right back performance from the young United player and there is no hiding his passion for every point the side wins, just look at his reaction after the final whistle. Very rare from a loan player.

5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.2) – Has become a regular in the back line and leads by example and while this was another good showing, he seemed to struggle with the flight of the ball for much of the second half.

34 MARTIN KELLY (7.3) – Playing in the position that most have been waiting to see him have a regular run in and he is more than proving the point right now. His solid challenge in the corner to win the ball back summed up what he is all about.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.8) – Maybe a little suspect defensively but a real asset going forward and put in a real shift in this game to help secure all three points.

28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.6) – We have been looking for the midfield general for a while now and the Serbian has really made his mark on the team. Clear to see the sense of increased responsibility when wearing the captains armband.

44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6.9) – If there is one thing that we can thank Frank de Boer for it is the signing of Jairo. With each start he proves his worth to this squad of players and this was another step forward in the Dutchman’s Palace career.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.5) – Played out of the middle but still played his usual game by getting stuck in, winning the ball back and supporting the attack as much as possible.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.0) – Two poor mistakes that could have allowed the opposition back in the game but while it was not his best performance, he continued linked up well with both Sako and Benteke.

26 BAKARY SAKO (7.9) – Rewarded with a start and rightly so. Proved he was more than worthy by putting in an excellent display by being the match winner. Seems reinvigorated under the influence of Hodgson. 

17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.2) – The big Belgian is finding his way again and this was a big step in the right direction. He may not have got his name on the score sheet but he was involved throughout. Provided an assist for the goal.

Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 23 Pape Souare, 27 Damien Delaney, 14 Chung-yong Lee, 7 Yohan Cabaye, 25 Sullay KaiKai, 29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka


“We will be delighted if at the end of the season we are a point above the relegation zone. We will never waver from that. It was a massive three points. We knew it would be very, very tough. We knew they would get stronger and more questions would be asked of our back four and goalkeeper. I’m delighted we were able to withstand that test. They are very good at what they do – a strong team, a physical team.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.

“I think overall we deserved something from the game – a draw really. It was a bit of a ding dong – them better in the first half, us in the second. It is a fact we are six without a win. We are Burnley Football Club, we are progressing. We won three out of four just before that. If you mix it up over the season we are moving forward. You have to be the right side of the margins and we just haven’t been this month.” – Sean Dyche courtesy of BBC Sport.


The Who Scored man of the match was shared between Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Bakary Sako (7.9). The player with the most shots was Bakary Sako (6) while Timothy Fosu-Mensah (7) made the most tackles. The most dribbles were made by Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako and Jack Cork (2).

  • Team rating: 7.28 – 6.53
  • Total shots: 17 – 8
  • Shots on target: 2 – 2
  • Possession: 44.3% – 55.7%
  • Pass success: 66% – 75%
  • Dribbles: 6 – 7
  • Aerials won: 34 – 35
  • Tackles: 19 – 18
  • Corners: 3 – 2
  • Dispossessed: 14 – 12


Palace move up to 12th in the Premier League with 25 points from 23 games, level on points with West Ham United in 11th and a point ahead of Huddersfield Town in 13th.


  • 20/01/2018 Arsenal (a)
  • 30/01/2018 West Ham United (a)
  • 04/02/2018 Newcastle United (h)

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