Premier League Statistics: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Crystal Palace
- Date – 17th March 2018
- Venue – John Smith’s Stadium
- Attendance – 23,918
- Referee – Mike Dean
- Bookings – Schindler, Hogg, Mooy, Wan-Bissaka, Cabaye
- Goals – Tomkins (23), Milivojevic (68 penalty)
- Star Eagle – James Tomkins (8.7)
This game was a must win for both sides with relegation a real threat but it was Palace that came away with all three points. After starting the weekend in the drop zone, it was crucial that the visitors got something from the John Smith’s Stadium. The Eagles started on the front foot, taking the game to the hosts with quick, sleek, high quality passing, breaks and organisation. This was too much for the Huddersfield to deal with alongside the addition of Wilfried Zaha who needed three or four players to stop him, even resorting to fouling to keep him out of the game. Overall, this was a superb performance from Palace similar to those against the top six sides with the only difference being, we got a result.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.7) – A quiet game for the Welsh international but when called up towards the end of the game he was up to the task.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (8.4) – Another superb performance from the young full back which is becoming a regular occurrence, a huge talent and worthy of his England youth call up.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (8.7) – Been the quiet assassin for a lot of the season and in recent games this has shone out. A goal was deserved and was very unlucky to not get another. Solid at the back alongside the returning Mamadou Sakho.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.9) – Great to see the Frenchman back in the side after his lay off. However, he made what could have been a costly error after messing around with the ball early in the first half. Luckily, he saved Palace and himself with a last ditch tackle. Was solid for the remainder of the match.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.2) – Has been in fantastic form recently and followed up with another solid performance. Great to see that this has not gone unnoticed with a call up to the Dutch international side.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (8.6) – Reports suggested that Luka was up all night ill before the match but insisted on playing. The guy is becoming a Palace legend and got his eighth goal of the season by converting from the penalty spot.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (8.1) – Another brilliant shift from a Palace player who has not been up to his usual best in recent matches. The Scottish powerhouse made magnificent tackles, runs forward and protected the back line.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.3) – Unfortunate to see Schlupp forced off the pitch early due to injury. Replaced by 7 YOHAN CABAYE (7.3) on 21 minutes which is a sentence we should admire for a second as Roy Hodgson finally had an option like this from the bench. Cabaye put in his typical high quality shift and helped move the ball around the midfield with ease, unlucky not to have scored a screamer at the end of the match.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.3) – So, so crucial to this Palace side which is a worry as it is not ideal being so reliant on one player. However, when he is playing in red and blue it is a joy to watch. Gave Huddersfield a lot to think about in terms of man marking with their only solution being fouling. Replaced by 8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (6.0) on 89 minutes and yet another player returning from injury which was very welcome with the squad looking much stronger.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (8.2) – When Zaha plays, Andros takes advantage of the additional space which is often dangerous for the opposition. Townsend made a great run before being taken down for the penalty along with his usual hard working attitude.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.5) – After seeing his name disappear off the Belgium international team sheet, it could well be the best thing for Palace. With the added motivation and determination to prove international boss Roberto Martinez wrong, better performances and goals are on their way and he put in a real shift up front to play his part in the win.
Unused substitutes – 16 Diego CAVALIERI, 24 Timothy FOSU-MENSAH, 34 Martin KELLY, 44 Jairo RIEDEWALD, 14 Lee CHUNG-YONG
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
DAVID WAGNER: “Credit to Palace, they deserved the win. We were below par, particularly with the ball. It is important how you manage defeats and a disappointment like today. The good thing is that we know what we have done wrong and what we need to put right.”
ROY HODGSON: “We have had a difficult run of games and not got any points but to get something here at least puts us back in some sort of equilibrium. I don’t think I have ever had a feeling we are on a slide. We are getting players back to fitness and our squad is looking like it was when we were getting results. All the points teams get down near the bottom are vitally important.”
The Who Scored man of the match was JAMES TOMKINS (8.7) who also shared the most shots on goal with RAJIV VAN LA PARRA, ANDROS TOWNSEND, YOHAN CABAYE and CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (3). The most tackles were made by AARON WAN-BISSAKA and LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6) while FLORENT HADERGJONAJ and AARON WAN-BISSAKA (4).
- Team rating: 6.33
- Total shots: 6
- Shots on target: 2
- Possession: 55.1%
- Pass success: 69%
- Dribbles: 10
- Aerials won: 20
- Tackles: 22
- Corners: 4
- Dispossessed: 16
- Team rating: 7.55
- Total shots: 17
- Shots on target: 6
- Possession: 44.9%
- Pass success: 70%
- Dribbles: 16
- Aerials won: 31
- Tackles: 29
- Corners: 7
- Dispossessed: 15
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The win for Palace on Saturday sees them move onto 30 points from 31 games and out of the relegation zone to 16th, one point off Huddersfield and Swansea City in 15th and 14th respectively and level on points with West Ham United in 17th.
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