Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- Date – 14th April 2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 24,656
- Referee – Andre Marriner
- Bookings – Hennessey, Milivojevic, Zaha, Kayal, Stephens
- Goals – Zaha (5, 24), Tomkins(14), Murray (18), Izquierdo (34)
- Star Eagle – Wilfried Zaha (9.0)
This was the game we had all been waiting for after Palace were knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Brighton back in January, and boy, wasn’t it worth the wait. The Eagles took the game by the scruff of the neck right from the kick-off and were rewarded with two brilliant goals from Wilfried Zaha and one from James Tomkins. A superb first half performance went a long was to sealing all three points in this derby game, even if the second half was a little nervy. Brighton are yet to beat Palace in the Premier League. Four games left to play and survival remains in our own hands, with one more win likely to secure that.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.5) – Made some brilliant saves on multiple occasions to keep Palace ahead. Saved us the three points late on when the visitors were on the front foot.
2 JOEL WARD (7.1) – A somewhat surprise inclusion due to the quality performances from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Made a mistimed tackle which led to Brighton’s second goal however, he was very good going forward.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (8.1) – Scored Palace’s second goal within fifteen minutes of the kick-off and is proving to be a real coup for us. Was solid in defence and made some great interceptions and clearances.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.8) – Had a decent game making some all important tackles and clearances. Blocked Glen Murray’s goal bound effort late on to help seal the win.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.5) – A weaker performance compared to recent matches and made the error to allow Murray a clear opportunity to score.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.9) – Absolutely superb. Again. Despite not being able to play his natural game due to his booking early on, the Serbian used his head and did his job expertly. Distributed the ball beautifully which got him an assist for Zaha’s second.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.1) – Usual powerhouse in midfield and seemed to be everywhere yet again. His quick feet and ability to win back the ball were second to none.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (6.4) – Much quieter on the pitch than usual but did his role well nevertheless. Did well to slow down the visitor’s counter attack late on. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.2) on 71 minutes who did not appear to make an impact up front as Brighton’s defence seemed to know how to cope with him.
8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (7.1) – His best game for Palace since returning from injury as he showed the ability to get out of very tight situations. Fitness and match sharpness caught up with him late on and was replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD on 80 minutes who’s defensive ability proved helpful for the hosts to see out the win.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (9.0) – Was already Brighton’s arch enemy but gave them even more reason to dislike him with a man of the match performance. The Palace legend ripped them to shreds once again with two goals to show for his efforts. It was a showing that strengthens the argument that he is the best player outside the top six.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.4) – Had a good game despite not getting on the score sheet which will only frustrate the Englishman. Worked very hard, linked play up front and gave the Brighton back line plenty to think about.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian SPERONI, 29 Aaron WAN-BISSAKA, 34 Martin KELLY, 14 Lee CHUNG-YONG
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “We clung on and it was a very important victory. It keeps us in, with four games to go, a chance of maintaining our Premier League status. Stoke and Southampton have got a game in hand, if they win the games the gap will be a lot less but the teams above us will have to start looking over their shoulders soon”.
CHRIS HUGHTON: “They were three poor goals from our point of view. What we will do is talk about the second half and the fact we gave ourselves a chance but it’s almost impossible to turn it around when you give away the goals we gave away”.
The WhoScored man of the match was Wilfired Zaha (9.0). The Ivory Coast international also had the most shots (5). Yohan Cabaye, Lewis Dunk and Dale Stephens topped the tackles chart (3) while Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the most dibbles (4).
- Team rating: 7.01
- Total shots: 15
- Shots on target: 8
- Possession: 50%
- Pass success: 77%
- Dribbles: 12
- Aerials won: 19
- Tackles: 12
- Corners: 5
- Dispossessed: 8
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
- Team rating: 6.67
- Total shots: 12
- Shots on target: 3
- Possession: 50%
- Pass success: 71%
- Dribbles: 12
- Aerials won: 20
- Tackles: 14
- Corners: 6
- Dispossessed: 8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The win against Brighton sees Palace move up to 16th in the Premier League, one point behind the Seagulls in 14th and a point above Swansea City in 17th. The Eagles are now six points above the relegation zone.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 21/04/2018: Watford (away)
- 28/04/2018: Leicester City (home)
- 05/05/2018: Stoke City (away)