Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United
- Date – 22nd September 2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,679
- Referee – Andre Marriner
- Cards – Tomkins, Yedlin
- STAR EAGLE – Luka Milivojevic (8.3)
A disapointing result against a shoddy Newcastle side who seemed happy to take a point away from South London. Palace looked the better side and had many chances to break the deadlock but lacked a clinical edge in front of goal. Bearing in mind these two sides finished 10th and 11th in the Premier League last season, the quailty of the game was poor and both sides could really do with a natural goalscorer and playmaker. After a lot of debate throughout the week following comments after the win at Hudderfield, Wilfried Zaha was quiet which was in part down to an injury which hampered his warm up, much to the visitors’ relief.
Away from the negatives though, the Eagles played some good football by moving the ball around and winning possesion back quickly which is promising after the a mediocre start to the campaign.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.1) – Did not have much to do but looked solid when called upon on the rare occasion.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.8) – A superb overall performance yet again from the young right back. What stands out is his ability to win back possesion so quickly and timed tackles to perfection. Has become a real fan favourite and even stepped in when Zaha got involved in a fracas.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.2) – Solid at the back yet again alongside his French counterpart. Guilty of a mistake that let the opposition through on goal which thankfully came to nothing. He is just as important as Zaha to Palace’s starting eleven.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.7) – An average performance from the former Liverpool man, had opportunity to win the game but fluffed his lines. Unfortunately, a mistake still looks in him at times when dwelling on the ball.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.8) – Did what was expected of him despite the hostile reception from the visting supporters who still remember his time at Sunderland.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.7) – A good game for the new signing, I’m a huge fan of his ability to run the ball forward which in turn helps attacking players get into better postions. Can see this helping Christian Benteke when they both play. Replaced with 7 MAX MEYER (6.5) on 63 minutes who has a very simular style of play to Yohan Cabaye by allowing the ball do the work. Will be interesting to see how he does when in the starting line up.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (8.3) – Seems to be getting his legs back after his poor performnces since the World Cup. Not great at delivering corners but was unfortunate not to break the deadlock with a couple of curling free kicks, one saved and th eother rebounding off the post when eluding everyone in the box.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.5) – Not what we have seen of him in recent matches but still put himself about and won some important free kicks. Threw himself at a ball across the six yard box but failed to get the touch that would have put Palace ahead.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.6) – His workrate is phenomenal but it often now quite enough. We need him to start delivering with goals and had a couple of opportunities to do so against his former club. Nevertheless, he was involved in everything positive that Palace did.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.7) – A quiet game for Palace’s star man which was understandable after leaving the warm up early due to what seemed like a back injury. Appeared to be protecting himself throughout the game but was still key.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.4) – Put pressure on the visting defence, pushing them back at times helping Palace in the attack. We always seem to do the opposite for strkers – crossing into the box when Ayew is on the pitch but passing on the floor when Benteke is on. Replaced with 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.1) on 71 minutes who failed to get into the game late on. Looks like he needs time out on loan to adjust to the English game as not many are convinced just yet.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 42 Jason Puncheon, 15 Jeffery Schlupp
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “Wilf was quiet, but I fear that was of his own making to some extent. It’s not been a good week for him with the discussion and reaction after the interview. I thought that was the quietest I’ve seen him in a long time. That was disappointing. Wilf in high form just might have been the difference.”
RAFA BENITEZ: “They did well so in the end, a point is a point. We didn’t do well and if you want to get three points you have to create something more. In the end what we did really well was defend. The team worked really hard against good players”.
The Who Scored man of the match was Luka Milivojevic (8.3). Meanwhile, Andros Townsend (4) had the most shots, Mohamed Diame (7) made the highest number of tackles and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (4) completed the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.94 – 6.72
- Total shots: 16 – 6
- Shots on target: 4 – 3
- Possession: 62% – 38%
- Pass success: 79% – 69%
- Dribbles: 14 – 2
- Aerials won: 18 – 15
- Tackles: 30 – 27
- Corners: 9 – 5
- Dispossessed: 20 – 22
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The draw at home to Newcastle moves Palace up to 11th in the Premier League table above Everton and below Wolves who are on six and nine points respectively.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 25/09/2018 – EFL Cup: West Brom (a)
- 01/09/2018 – Premier League: Bournemouth (a)
- 06/09/2018 – Premier League: Wolves (h)