Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
- Date – 1st September 2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,495
- Referee – Martin Atkinson
- Cards – Wan-Bissaka, Vestergaard
- Goals – Ings, Højbjerg
- STAR EAGLE – Wayne Hennessey (7.8)
This was another game where Palace desperately missed star man Wilfried Zaha. The usual outlet of the Ivory Coast winger was evidently missed in a game where the hosts should have taken all three points due to Southampton’s poor start to the season. Despite missing Zaha, Palace had many chances to score but were not clincal enough in front of goal. Roy Hodgson has work to do after three straight defeats in the Premier League and will surley make a few changes to the starting line up for the trip to Huddersfield after the international break.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.8) – The Weshman proved his worth once more with a superb performance in the Palace goal and made a handful of good saves including from the penalty spot, to keep the hosts in the game.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.3) – Continued his good form after missing the game against Watford due to suspension. Received a booking when conceding a penalty for handball.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.7) – Solid at the back when the ball was on the floor however, was poor with aerial challenges against the Saints much shorter strikers.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.6) – Arguably at fault for the first goal after a weak challenge and seemed to play the ball too much in risky areas which is dangerous at this level.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.3) – A poor game for the Ducthman who would likley agree after looking frustrated on multiple occassions. Weak crosses and poor passing are unlike him.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.5) – Looked slightly lost in midfield which is no suprise considering his more natural position is left back. Made a few good passes and dribbles but overall was not up to the mark. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6.0) on 76 minutes who added some much needs flair to the dying embers of the game.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.8) – This was another poor performance from a normally solid and composed member of the squad. World Cup legs may well be a factor however, being left out of the Serbian squad due to a disagreement with the manager could also be playing a part. Needs to get back to his usual self.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.1) – The Scottish Pirlo worked his magic in the first half and went close to scoring a goal of the season contender only to be denied by the bar. His immense workrate, dribbling and desire to win back possion went a long way in keeping Palace in the game however, he seemed to go missing when put out wide to accomodate Cheikhou Kouyate.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.4) – In a game where the winger should have been the centre of attention due to the absense of Wilfried Zaha, the former England international appeared to go missing at times. His ability at dead balls was also poor when Palace really needed them not to be with two tall stikers in the box. Replaced with 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.7) on 72 minutes who looked very lively and staked a claim to be incuded in the starting eleven.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.5) – A good performance on his home debut for the Ghanaian international who worked hard in and out of possession and looked hungry for a goal. Replaced by 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.2) on 76 minutes who unfortunatley, did not make a huge impact.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.9) – The goal drout continues and unfortunatley for Benteke, Palace have other options who can lead the line. It was not for the want of trying as he managed to get into the right positions, just faultered in front of goal. It could be time to drop the big Belgian for Jordan Ayew up front.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vicente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 42 Jason Puncheon, 44 Jairo Riedewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “He did not play and again we did not win. It’s a pure fact that we have to learn to live with it. We should not have got anything out of the match. I was hoping after the penalty save we would show spirit and fight. They did show endeavour to get the equaliser but, over the ninety minutes, Southampton were the better team and deserved it”.
MARK HUGHES: “In the first half we were in total control of the game and should have been a few goals to the good. We had to withstand a little bit of pressure but, if we keep playing at the level we are at, we’ll get breaks and win games”.
The WhoScored man of the match was Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (8.4) while Christian Benteke (6) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (5) as Nathan Redmond (4) completed the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.70 – 7.27
- Total shots: 20 – 19
- Shots on target: 7 – 6
- Possession: 50% – 50%
- Pass success: 78% – 77%
- Dribbles: 7 – 8
- Aerials won: 33 – 20
- Tackles: 15 – 18
- Corners: 7 -4
- Dispossessed: 12 – 11
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The loss to Southampton sees Palace drop down the Premier League table to 15th with three points, sandwiched between Manchester United and Cardiff City who are 14th and 16th respectivley.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 15/09/2018 Huddersfield Town (a)
- 22/09/2018 Newcastle United (h)
- 25/09/2018 West Bromwich Albion (a)