- Date – 25th September 2018
- Venue – The Hawthorns
- Attendance – 10,818
- Referee – Peter Bankes
- Cards – Puncheon, Hegazi
- Goals – Townsend (6, 81), van Aanholt (76)
- STAR EAGLE – Andros Townsend (8.7)
It was difficult to know what to expect ahead of this cup tie but an early goal from a player who has had his end product questioned in recent weeks set the visitors on their way. In an all round excellent performance from Andros Townsend, the Eagles were too good for the Baggies and a brace from the winger and a strike from Patrick van Aanholt ensured a path into the next round. It was a win on the road which will have pleased boss Roy Hodgson as well as the Palace faithful.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6.4) – The Spaniard had very little to do, dealing with everything that came his way but there is something very different about him. Maybe it is visible confidence and always seemingly on his toes.
2 JOEL WARD (6.5) – A player that is struggling to find his way back into the first team put in a decent showing to remind us that is ready to be called upon when required.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.6) – Back in the position many have said he should focus on and one that Palace need depth in. A solid showing to support that theory.
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6.0) – Good to see the Dutchman make a start but was unfortunately cut short as he hobbled off before completing half an hour. Replaced by 29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (6.6) on 21 minutes who just did what we have come to expect from him.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.3) – Has not particularly hit the heights of last season yet but getting there by playing well in this one and getting back on the score sheet. Replaced by 27 PAPE SOUARE (6.2) on 79 minutes for important game time and to provide some fresh legs.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.7) – A real workmanlike performance from the utility man, something we become accustomed to from James McArthur so perhaps this is Schlupp version 2.0.
7 MAX MEYER (6.8) – We have only had a few glimpses of the German so far but even those have lived up to the hopes of many that have celebrated his signing. Only a matter of time before he becomes a first team regular.
42 JASON PUNCHEON (6.8) – Linked up well with Meyer to control the midfield throughout and while we have to face facts that the former captain is now a squad player, he is not a bad option to have to call upon.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7.1) – Early days in his Palace career but has continued to impress by driving forward at every opportunity and providing that bit more bite and height into the midfield.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (8.7) – The starman, playing on the right, his name is Andros Townsend … and you all know the rest! End product questioned, cue a brace of goals to prove that he has still got it. Replaced by 14 JORDAN AYEW (6.1) on 85 minutes to give Andros a standing ovation from the travelling fans.
9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (7.2) – Question marks still follow his name but this was arguably his best showing in a Palace shirt. A real work in progres but perhaps he is a player that Hodgson fancies working on moudling into an effective option in time.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 20 Jonny Williams, 25 Sullay KaiKai, 35 Sam Woods
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “It was a very good team performance.I thought we were excellent in every aspect of the game. I would find it hard to fault anything in our performance tonight. It is good to win games, it is good to win them away from home. Everything from tonight’s performance was just what I wanted. We prepared very seriously for this game.”
DARREN MOORE: “Tonight, against Premier League opposition, our younger players will benefit from the game – the speed, the precision, power, accuracy and the intelligence. They won’t lose from that in the long-run despite the result. In terms of the levels needed, that was a great test for us tonight.”
- Total shots: 9 – 19
- Shots on target: 5 – 12
- Possession: 45% – 55%
- Corners: 4 – 8
- Fouls: 9 – 6
Last season, the League Cup hopes ended at Ashton Gate in the fourth round and Palace will be hoping to go further this time around. Since reaching the semi-final in 2011/12, the Eagles have exited at the fourth round stage on two separate occassions (the other being 2015/16 at the hands of Manchester City.
Teams in the hat – Arsenal, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Burton Albion, Chelsea, Derby County, Fulham, Leicester City, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and one from Everton/Southampton.
The draw for the next round takes place live on Quest TV during the EFL Highlights show which airs at 9pm on Saturday evening.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 01/10/2018 Bournemouth (a)
- 06/10/2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
- 21/10/2018 Everton (a)