Premier League Statistics: Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
- Date – 15th September 2018
- Venue – John Smith’s Stadium
- Attendance – 23,696
- Referee – Lee Mason
- Cards – Zanka, Zaha, McArthur
- Goals – Zaha (38)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.8)
With the return of both Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins there was a visible boost in confidence among the travelling Palace fans ahead of kick off. While the display was rather disjointed, the visitors could have won by more after having a penalty appeal turned down and a goal disallowed but this was another tough encounter with the Yorkshire side. The hosts can count themselves unlucky having been the better side for the most part but the quality shown by Zaha once again proved to be the difference.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.1) – Continues to prove that competition for places could well be the making of him. While he is still prone to lapses of concentration, the Welshman stood firm to keep a clean sheet.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.8) – It would take a lot to take the plaudits away from Wilfried Zaha after his game winning goal but the young full back was full value for top scoring with an excellent showing at the back.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.8) – Great to see him back in the heart of defence and no coincidence that the Eagles return to South London with all three points and a clean sheet on his return. Had the ball in the net like last season but was disallowed.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.3) – Much more accomplished alongside Tomkins who together have built up a real understanding. Still manages to put fans heart in their mouths at times though.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.8) – Been through a sticky patch of late but real signs that he is returning to form but had to really dig deep on occassions.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7.0) – First Premier League start since his summer move from West Ham and vital up against a tough tackling side. Did not show the same glimpses we saw of him from his substitute appearances but did a job all the same.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.9) – In the heart of the battle in midfield and really had to roll his sleeves up for this one but more than held his own.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.6) – Perhaps lucky not to have received a second yellow card but was part of a midfield that lookeda little dijointed but no lack of effort.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.7) – Worked tirelessly as he always does, continuing to work well in front Wan-Bissaka who have formed a good understanding. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.0) on 90 minutes to provide some much needed fresh legs in the midfield.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.5) – On the receiving end of an ankle breaker of a challenge, received a booking soon after and then took his frustration out on the opposition with a superb solo effort which proved to be the match winner. Unfortunately, the game will be remembered for his comments afterwards about his continued treatment rather than his brilliance.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.6) – A real different option up front with Christian Benteke out injured and Alexander Sorloth perhaps too similar to the Belgian. Linked up well throughout and was unlucky not to win a penalty.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 7 Max Meyer, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 9 Alexander Sorloth
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “We played well throughout but as you go into that last fifteen minutes with a one-goal margin you are always worried. We had a stroke of fortune when their shot hit the post but we controlled the game. We have a win and that is the most important thing. Wilf was a constant threat, I thought he was close to scoring more than one goal. But it is nice that he is the match-winner and that is was such a good goal. I am sure it will be one of the better goals of the week.”
DAVID WAGNER: “You don’t always get what you deserve, this was our best performance of the season. We created so many good opportunities. We absolutely dominated the control of the game but did not use our opportunities and were unlucky. If we perform like we did again then we know we will get the points. They had one magic moment but we should have defended better. In the last three games we have looked very solid and like we can create something, but the mood is frustration at the minute.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.8) while Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Mooy (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (5) as Rajiv van La Parra (3) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.48 – 6.91
- Total shots: 15 – 7
- Shots on target: 2 – 2
- Possession: 58.4% – 41.6%
- Pass success: 84% – 79%
- Dribbles: 7 – 5
- Aerials won: 22 – 16
- Tackles: 17 – 13
- Corners: 5 – 3
- Dispossessed: 10 – 13
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The Eagles are 12th in the table with six points from five games behind Leicester City in 11th and ahead of Southampton in 13th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 22/09/2018 Newcastle United (h)
- 25/09/2018 West Bromwich Albion (a)
- 01/10/2018 Bournemouth (a)