Premier League Statistics: Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace
- Date – 10th February 2018
- Venue – Goodison Park
- Attendance – 39,139
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Bookings – van Aanholt, Walcott
- Goals – Sigurdsson (46), Niasse (51), Davies (75), Milivojevic (83 pen)
- Star Eagle – Alexander Sorloth (7.9)
A poor ten minute spell straight after half time handed all three points to the hosts in a game that Palace could ill afford to come away with nothing. However, while there were defensive frailties, this was a decent performance from the Eagles which would have been backed up had they converted some of the several chances that were created.
It did seem as if everything was conspiring against the Eagles as the afternoon wore on particularly after Mamadou Sakho was not named in the starting line up just to add to the long list of injuries at the club. Having said that, with the injury list what it is, this was still a decent line up which dispels much of what fans have suggested that there is little depth. Another weekend off coming up which will hopefully be used wisely both on the training ground and treatment room.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5.9) – Could do little with either of the three goals but made some good saves during the game.
2 JOEL WARD (6.9) – A return to the starting line up for the Palace stalwart and put in a decent showing if a little rusty at times.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.5) – Solid in the centre of the defence but largely at fault for the opening goal after failing to clear a header. Tried to keep the back line in order after the disappointing start to the second half.
24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (6.0) – Thrust into the unfamiliar role of centre back and struggled throughout after several recent good games at full back.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (5.8) – An off day for the full back who has impressed of late but did not fill the back line with a lot of confidence.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.3) – Influential in the middle and got himself on the score sheet again from the spot. Did not deserve to be on the losing side.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (6.3) – Kept on working hard and spread the play well when in possession but did not manage to reach the usual levels we expect from the Frenchman.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.2) – A similar performance to that first half against Newcastle and his place would be under threat if there was an alternative. Harsh perhaps but while there is no fault in his work rate, but it just is not happening for the Scotsman at the moment.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.2) – A disappointing performance from the winder when the sides needs him most with the absence of Zaha. Expecting more from him over the next few games.
9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (7.9) – An excellent debut from the Norwegian who showed his strength and flexibility by supporting Benteke up front and working the ball out wide. Almost topped off his performance with a goal but for a terrific save. Looking forward to seeing more from him.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.1) – Good game from the Belgian but he will always be judged on goals scored. Two great headed chances spurned while a destined goal was handled which led to the penalty.
Unused substitutes – 30 Dion Henry, 23 Pape Souare, 27 Damien Delaney, 14 Chung-yong Lee, 29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 31 Erdal Rakip, 44 Jairo Riedewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“The first half we were good value, certainly for 0-0, and we were confident we could keep going but the early goal in the second half puts you on the back foot. We played some reasonable football but it was difficult to get back after 2-0. It was a sterling effort from the players and the way they went about their business. We have to accept we were beaten.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“I was apprehensive today after being done 5-1 away from home but the players have responded magnificently. In the eight home games I have been here, we have picked up 17 points and conceded just four goals. We are getting it right, entertaining the fans and getting the result.” – Sam Allardyce courtesy of BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Theo Walcott (8.2) while Christian Benteke (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Alexander Sorloth (4) and Theo Walcott (8) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.06 – 6.65
- Total shots: 11 – 16
- Shots on target: 5 – 4
- Possession: 53% – 47%
- Pass success: 78% – 77%
- Dribbles: 20 – 13
- Aerials won: 13 – 24
- Tackles: 16 – 10
- Corners: 8 – 7
- Dispossessed: 5 – 10
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 15th in the Premier League with 27 points from 27 games, one point behind Brighton in 14th and level on points with Swansea in 16th.
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- 26/02/2018 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
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