League Cup Statistics: Swansea City 0-1 Crystal Palace
- Date – 28th August 2018
- Venue – Liberty Stadium
- Attendance – 9,122
- Referee – John Brooks
- Cards – none
- Goals – Sorloth (70)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.5)
The Eagles navigated a tough second round tie at Swansea with a professional competent performance in what was the third game in eight days for the South London club. As a result, Roy Hodgson made plenty of changes which provided debuts and runouts for fringe players. The game was decided by a first Palace goal for Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth after a fantastic through ball from Jairo Riedewald but once again, Aaron Wan-Bissaka shone in his first game back from suspension after his sending off against Liverpool. In truth, Palace should have won this game comfortably but for a battling performance by the hosts who handed debuts to a number of players themselves.
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6) – Debut for the Spanish goalkeeper who proved that he will provide the competition that Wayne Hennessey needs.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.5) – The superlatives to describe the impact this young defender has made are slowly but surely running out after another fine display.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6) – Drafted in late on Sunday but started this one and put in a confident display against a side lacking firepower. Replaced by 2 JOEL WARD (6) on 62 minutes to provide some much needed fresh legs and game time.
33 RYAN INNISS (7) – Believe it or not, this was the first team debut for the highly rated defender after a number of setbacks and backed that up with a very good showing.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) – One of only two players who started the game against Watford as well as this one. Put in a good shift before being replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) on 62 minutes in an effort to stretch the play and go for the win.
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (7) – Close to joining the opposition this summer but showed why it is a good thing that he stayed at Palace. Great assist for the winning goal.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Important game time for the midfielder who slotted into the side well.
7 MAX MEYER (6.5) – More glimpses of what fans had hoped to see and can expect in the weeks to come. Only a matter of time before he makes his first Premier League start.
20 JONNY WILLIAMS (6) – Fans are desparate for the Welsh international to succeed at Palace and maybe, this could be the injury free season that we see him stake his claim. Replaced by 25 SULLAY KAIKAI (6) on 76 minutes who looked lively and had a couple of good chances to seal the tie.
42 JASON PUNCHEON (6) – Good to see him back in the fold showing his usual confidence with his ball retention and range of passing.
9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (7) – Got his goal which will do him the world of good as he continues to acclimatise to English football.
Unused substitutes – 36 Dion Henry, 30 Gio McGregor, 35 Sam Woods
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID (courtesy of BBC Sport)
ROY HODGSON – “It was a good game. The first half Swansea were very good, they got around the ball well and were sharp and quick. It took us a while to get our game together, we kept coming too deep to receive the ball. Towards the end of the first half we got Jonny Williams and Jason Puncheon further forward. That gave us more options and we carried that on in the second half. That second-half performance was good but we did not have it easy at any stage. It was difficult for us with a couple of injuries so I wanted certain fringe players to get a game, but the problem was with such a short turnaround I had to use four or five players who played on the weekend or will be needed next weekend.”
GRAHAM POTTER – “The players did themselves and the club proud, conducted themselves well, gave everything, had courage and quality. You could see they tired a bit at the end, which is to be expected. It is the first game for a while for a few of them. Throughout we created some chances, we had some good play, we were brave on the ball and defended well.”
- Total shots: 10 – 20
- Shots on target: 3 – 6
- Possession: 50% – 50%
- Corners: 2 – 7
- Fouls: 16 – 8
The draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup takes place on Thursday evening live on Sky Sports at 7pm. This the stage of the competition that the Manchester clubs join in the fun along with Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Burnley. Third round ties will take place week commencing 24th September.
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