Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Date – 6th October 2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,715
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Cards – McArthur, van Aanholt, Coady, Moutinho, Jonny, Cavaleiro, Kouyate
- Goals – Doherty (56)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.5)
This was a game where the pressure was on to break the poor home record. The first half performance would have been good enough had the hosts taken the lead but with the continued absence of a goalscorer with any kind of confidence in front of goal, it proved even more difficult when the visitors snuck into the lead. The defeat has encouraged plenty of finger pointing in the direction of Roy Hodgson ahead of a tough run of games but it is back to the training pitch over the international break in an effort to find that magic potion to make the strikers find the back of the net.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.1) – Was the pantomime villain and I don’t mean to the home fans after being beaten at hs near post for the goal, the away fans have not forgiven him for refusing to play for them all those years ago.
29 AARIB WAN-BISSAKA (7.5) – Still raw but so much promise. Energetic, quick, willing to support the attack and loves to get his foot in. There is really something special about an academy player making it. Here’s to the next one.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.6) – Not sure what this guy has to do to get international recognition, these solid performances can go unnoticed now that we are just so used to them.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.7) – A return to international football did him good as he hardly put a foot wrong in this one, confident with the ball and always looking to get the attack going.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.2) – Played a part in the goal by getting pulled inside far enough to give the opposition space. Was not his old self but got forward as much as possible to support the midfield.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.0) – Shock inclusion ahead of Max Meyer so was never going to get a fair crack from the home support but did not do himself any favours. One decent effort on goal flew over. Replaced by 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.0) on 82 minutes who hardly got involved in the short time he was on the pitch.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.3) – Still seems to be recovering from the World Cup and seemed much deeper than usual, always looking to pick the ball up from the back line before trying to drive forward. Tried to urge his team-mates on throughout.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.2) – Booking effected his natural game before being substituted but continued to work hard through the midfield in difficult conditions. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6.3) on 63 minutes who once again showed enough to question why he did not start this one. Had a half-volley saved in arguably Palace’s best move going forward.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.7) – Always combines well with Wan-Bissaka on the right and while he worked as hard as usual, the side needed him to be more clinical with his passing and final ball.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.4) – Another off day which the Eagles just cannot afford at the moment but other players have to step up in his place when he is clearly struggling to make an impact in games. Had to take another awful challenge which makes you wonder when, no if, he will get a serious injury.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.5) – Why is it that we play the ball in the air to a striker like Ayew but on the floor to Benteke? We have to learn to play to the strength of the striker. Should have been closer to the Zaha cross on the edge of the six yard box but made a couple of good runs to stretch the defence. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.3) on 72 minutes who made an impact like he has done whenever called upon but must now be starting games. Drove the side forward at every opportunity.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 42 Jason Puncheon
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “We did not take our chances. At the end it became a desperation type of performance, where we were hoping things would happen. Once again we were not good enough in and around the penalty box to create the clear-cut opportunities we need to score a goal. It is a major disappointment.”
NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO: “We did not start so good but when you look at the whole game we were the better team, the way we controlled the game in the second half. The base of the team was here last season, so everyone knows their tasks. We go game by game – now it is the international break, players can go to their teams, enjoy it and and play some good football. We go game by game – there are no targets.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Matt Doherty (8.6) while Jeffrey Schlupp (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7) as Wilfried Zaha (3) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.48 – 6.87
- Total shots: 11 – 7
- Shots on target: 4 – 2
- Possession: 67.1% – 32.9%
- Pass success: 83% – 68%
- Dribbles: 9 – 4
- Aerials won: 17 – 19
- Tackles: 17 – 19
- Corners: 6 – 3
- Dispossessed: 10 – 8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 14th in the Premier League with seven points from eight games, behind Brighton & Hove Albion in 13th and ahead of West Ham United in 15th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 21/10/2018 Everton (a)
- 28/10/2018 Arsenal (h)
- 31/10/2018 Middlesbrough (a)