Premier League Statistics: Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace
- Date – 5th May 2018
- Venue – bet365 Stadium
- Attendance – 29,687
- Referee – Martin Atkinson
- Bookings – Milivojevic, Bauer, Johnson, Tomkins, Ndiaye, Pieters, Shaqiri
- Goals – Shaqiri (43), McArthur (68), van Aanholt (86)
- Star Eagle – Ruben Loftus-Cheek (8.3)
There was a thought that after the big win over Leicester, the trip to under pressure Stoke would prove more difficult than it already was. As it turned out, this was another good performance that sealed another three points which gives the Eagles a real chance of finishing in the top ten. That alone proves that this side has come a long way from being bottom of the table. Forty-one points in thirty games is quite an achievement.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.2) – At no fault for the goal due to a deflection, otherwise a quiet afternoon thanks to a mixture of the oppositions lack of quality in front of goal and the solid back line performance.
2 JOEL WARD (6.2) – Struggled to get into the game until being forced off due to injury. Replaced by 34 MARTIN KELLY (6.7) on 40 minutes who slotted in well facing up to a tough tackling side.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.8) – Continuing his great form by standing up well in the face of what have always been a tough side to play against.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.8) – The strength of this central defensive partnership is clear for all to see and the Frenchman more than plays his part.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.3) – The pacey full back had his position in the team questioned by fans earlier in the season but has had a great last few months. Chipped in with goals too, including in this one to make it two in two games.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.3) – The Serbian international and captain just does what we expect him to every game now with the same level of consistency. Perhaps lucky not to have seen a second yellow card when involved in a melee.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (6.1) – Took an early kick on the knee but looked to brush it off as the game went on. Still played his part even if he was struggling. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.5) on 63 minutes who won a crucial header to set up what was a brilliant equaliser.
8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (8.3) – Playing to get on that plane to Russia and did his cause no harm at all with another excellent showing. Lucky not to have suffered any serious damage after an awful challenge from Shaqiri.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.5) – Terrific game by the Scotsman, getting himself on the score sheet once again. Looked to have covered every blade of grass.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.0) – Always a threat to the hosts with his pace and skill, exuded his influence on the game by having a hand in both goals.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.1) – Another hard working performance from the winger which has won him many fans in his time at the club. Great to see his celebration when van Aanholt was put through on goal, even before the ball had hit the net. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.0) on 88 minutes to provide some much needed fresh legs to see out the game.
Unused substitutes – 16 Diego CAVALIERI, 29 Aaron WAN-BISSAKA, 14 Chung-yong LEE, 9 Alexander SORLOTH
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID (courtesy of BBC Sport)
ROY HODGSON: “After seven games, or after eleven games with four points, I never saw it coming. I was hoping it would be a low-scoring year in terms of points for the lower sides and we would just scrape over the line. But we came here basically safe. I could not see us going down with 38 points, so I think it was a great show of character from us to come here and play really well. It’s not easy having that euphoria from last week and then to come to a place like this, where they’re fighting for their lives, and put on a performance like we did.”
PAUL LAMBERT: “It is a tough afternoon. I am feeling for everyone connected with the club. When teams don’t get results you can be sleep-walking into positions you don’t want to be in. We never had enough. Since I came in the lads have given everything, but we came short. It is a chance to rebuild. It is difficult to come in mid-January to try to assess the team and I had a chat with the players on what went wrong. No-one can point a finger at the effort of the players.”
The Who Scored man of the match was RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (8.3) while WILFRIED ZAHA (3) had the most shots. JOE ALLEN (4) made the most tackles and RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.38 – 6.85
- Total shots: 7 – 13
- Shots on target: 2 – 2
- Possession: 41.1% – 58.9%
- Pass success: 65% – 76%
- Dribbles: 8 – 18
- Aerials won: 21 – 16
- Tackles: 18 – 7
- Corners: 1 – 7
- Dispossessed: 3 – 11
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are eleventh in the Premier League with 41 points from 37 games, level with Newcastle United in tenth and AFC Bournemouth in twelfth.
FINAL FIXTURE OF THE SEASON
- 13/05/18 West Bromwich Albion (h)