Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United
- Date – 4th February 2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,746
- Referee – Andre Marriner
- Bookings – Dummett, Fosu-Mensah
- Goals – Diame (22), Milivojevic (55 pen)
- Star Eagle – Christian Benteke (8.2)
It is hard to feel dismayed at the point taken from this game after going behind but the second half performance alone perhaps deserved more. The Eagles gave the visitors too much space who took advantage in the first half among plenty of peculiar refereeing decisions. However, there were enough chances for Palace to win more than this game but a combination of poor finishing and desperate defending ensured the points were shared. Moving Zaha back to his natural position out wide was key to what was a terrific second half performance and while that was a real positive along with the number of chances created, being more clinical in front of goal will be the difference between a point and three in the coming weeks.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
1 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.9) – An excellent performance with made a string of great saves as well as commanding his area throughout which is a often a criticism aimed his way.
24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (6.5) – Felt the need to apologise for his performance on social media but it was not as bad as he was suggesting. Strong in the tackle and always willing to get forward at pace.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.9) – The rock in the centre of defence who just keeps on putting in the performances week in week out. It would be more noticeable if he is ever below par.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.5) – Did not look as composed in the centre as he has done but left the field to add to the growing queue in the treatment room. Replaced by 12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.4) on 45 minutes who made a clear impact on the side by pushing the team forward and the back line up at every opportunity.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.6) – Another excellent showing from the pacey full back who has improved with every game since replacing the injured Schlupp.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.4) – Anonymous for large parts of the first half but came into the game just as Palace did in the second half. Scored from the spot even if he put the hearts of fans in their mouths with the goalkeeper getting close to making the save.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (7.2) – Continued to ooze class throughout and proved the driving force through the middle against his old side particularly as Palace grew in confidence as the game wore on.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.7) – Awful first half, brilliant second half which was largely due to the moving of Zaha out wide which gave the Scotsman the opportunity to play his natural game.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.2) – Subdued for much of the opening 45 minutes but really got going after the break out wide. Sad thing is, this may be the last we see of him for a number of weeks due to injury.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.4) – Worked hard but really needs to offer more in games, especially if Zaha is facing a spell out of the side.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (8.2) – Easy to criticise the big man but he put in a real shift in this match by holding the ball up for teammates and winning plenty of headers. Regardless, he will always be judged by the goals he scores and so far, there has not been enough of them.
Unused substitutes – 30 Dion Henry, 2 Joel Ward, 9 Alexander Sorloth, 14 Chung-yong Lee, 23 Pape Souare, 44 Jairo Riedewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“The way we were playing in the first half I would certainly have taken the point. After watching the second half and watching us dominate the game as we did, I feel we were unlucky not to have got all three points in the end because our second half performance merited that. It is a point that does not help either of us enormously but we have to make sure that when we cannot win, we draw.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport
“We did well coming here and getting a point. We were controlling the game in the first half, the three offensive players they have, we did well in defence. We had a couple of chances on the counter attack early in the second half which could have changed everything. We needed to defend a little bit better.” – Rafa Benitez courtesy of BBC Sport
The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Benteke (8.2) while Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Luka Milivojevic (4) as James McArthur (4) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.16 – 6.74
- Total shots: 21 – 11
- Shots on target: 6 – 8
- Possession: 54.2% – 45.8%
- Pass success: 79% – 70%
- Dribbles: 15 – 4
- Aerials won: 31 – 20
- Tackles: 19 – 11
- Corners: 5 – 6
- Dispossessed: 9 – 13
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 27 points from 26 games, level with Brighton, West Ham and Watford while being a point ahead of Southampton in 15th.
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- 10/02/2018 Everton (a)
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