Premier League Statistics: Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
- Date – 11th August 2018
- Venue – Craven Cottage
- Attendance – 24,821
- Referee – Mike Dean
- Cards – Zaha, Schlupp, McDonald
- Goals – Schlupp (41), Zaha (80)
- STAR EAGLE – Wayne Hennessey/ Aaron Wan-Bissaka (8.6)
It was only natural for Palace fans to feel ever so slightly on edge when looking towards the opening day fixture against newly promoted Fulham. A sense of deja vu was in the air after hosting Huddersfield Town on the opening weekend last season and we all know how that turned out. However, there was no need to worry this time around as Palace provided a clynical display to seal all three points. A fantastic start to the new Premier League campaign for the Eagles.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (8.6) – A somewhat suprising inclusion after the arrival of Vicente Guaita from Getafe in the summer. Proved to be fighting for his place in the starting line up by putting in a superb, man of the match worthy performance.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (8.6) – Where do I begin? Proved his class and skill in the right back spot by consistently pocketing the hyped Fulham prodigy Ryan Sessengon. Provided a fantastic assist for the second goal which inolved some sheer determination to get forward in the buid up. He has yet to reach double figure Premier League appearances, but keep these performances up and an England call up could be on the cards.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.8) – A no nonsense, solid performance from the centre back who continued where he left off last season with a consistent, dependable display.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.4) – The pairing of the Frenchman and Tomkins proved pivotal for the run in last season and that very same understanding was very much evident once again. Fortunate not to concede a penalty after diving in on Fulham debutant André Schürrle.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (8.2) – An efficient performance at left back and assisted Palace’s opening goal. Fired the ball into the net convincingly but was ruled out by an offside flag. Replaced by 27 PAPE SOUARE (6.2) on 90 minutes to provide some fresh legs to see out the dying minutes.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.9) – After being somewhat of a squad player since arriving at the club, Jeffrey is slowly proving his worth at Palace. Took his goal very well after being put through to put Palace into the lead.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.5) – You could excuse our favourite Serbian from having a World Cup hangover but proved to be his usual efficient and composed self in central midfield.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.0) – The spot vacated by Yohan Cabaye is up for grabs and with Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate waiting in the wings, the Scotsman showed his box to box energy is still there for all to see. Not that we didn’t know that already.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.8) – The powerhouse was at it again, the man must have three lungs! Visibly encouraged Wan-Bissaka throughout. Hearing his new chant ringing out from the away end was a joy to behold. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.3) on 88 minutes who was unfortunate not to score with an effort from range on his first appearance in a Palace shirt.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.1) – Proving his ‘no end product’ doubters wrong once again by cooly netting the killer second goal to seal all three points. This could well be Wilfried’s best season yet.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.7) – The big Belgian was a real menace to the opposition and was unlucky not to score with a great header. Promising start to the season, suggesting his minimal goal return in the last campaign was a one off. Replaced by 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.1) on 83 minutes to give Benteke a well earned breather.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Gauita, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 44 Jairo Riedewald,
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID (courtesy of BBC Sport)
Slavisa Jokanovic: “It was a shame because we wanted to start the season with a good result. We showed some positives and negatives. We showed we can be brave and can move the ball, but we must stick together and keep going. Maybe it was a penalty or not, but we cannot complain about that. They showed their quality in the second half. We have to trust ourselves and work hard, and we know we can play better than today”.
Roy Hodgson: “I thought we were much better in the second half. I thought Fulham played well in the first period and caused us problems, but our goalkeeper made some good saves. We had better control in the second half and it was difficult for them to come back into it. We showed the quality we are capable of in the second half. Vicente Guaita has been excellent for us in pre-season and, quite frankly, it was a toss of the coin between him and Wayne Hennessey. I would have been equally confident had Vicente played but Wayne played well last season and there was no reason for him to surrender his shirt.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Wayne Hennessey and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (8.6) while Aleksander Mitrovic (7) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Jean Michael Seri (6) as Patrick van Aanholt (4) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.52 – 7.41
- Total shots: 15 – 10
- Shots on target: 6 – 9
- Possession: 66% – 34%
- Pass success: 88% – 73%
- Dribbles: 9 – 14
- Aerials won: 8 – 19
- Tackles: 24 – 18
- Corners: 5 – 5
- Dispossessed: 15 – 17
POSITION IN THE TABLE
After the opening Premier League weekend, the win for Palace puts them level with seven other teams on three points and sit in fourth spot behind AFC Bournemouth in third and champions Manchester City in fifth.
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