Premier League Statistics: Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 21st October 2018
- Venue – Goodison Park
- Attendance – 38,668
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Cards – Milivojevic, Gueye, Coleman
- Goals – Calvert-Lewin (87), Tosun (89)
- STAR EAGLE – Cheikhou Kouyate (7.3)
This was a performance that deserved better but such is the harsh reality at this level. A missed penalty that would have otherwise set up a result for the visitors had it been converted, turned the game around and provided the hosts with the boost they needed. The goals came late on, all with substitutions playing their part which heaps more pressure on Roy Hodgson with his reluctance to alter the starting eleven that have been worked on all week. We keep hearing that Palace are a good team and there are ‘worse teams in the division’ but that cannot keep being said. However much the defeat hurt, there is plenty to take from the performance, not least the first appearance in some time for Connor Wickham.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.1) – Did everything that was asked of him in a solid game between the sticks. Little chance with either of the goals.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (6.7) – Continuing to earn rave reviews, particularly impressing Everton fans after seeing him in the flesh, but ironically this was not one of his better games but still shone.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.6) – Constant battle with Richarlison which proved very physical. Perhaps lucky to escape punishment for early challenge but did enough to nullify the Brazilian’s impact.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.7) – Still keeps fans on their toes with his unconvincing play at times but should have done better positionally for both goals.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.1) – Along with Wan-Bissaka, worked hard to keep the wide play by the hosts quiet for the most part but found to be over-run at times.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.6) – All the while Max Meyer is not playing, Schlupp is the target of the fans and likely always will be but if we are being fair, the former Leicester man worked hard in this one, if not spectacular.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.0) – The missed penalty sums up the season so far for the Palace captain who is struggling to recapture the form of last season. In saying that, it was not as bad as some are making out with a number of good passes and tackles. Booked for a late challenge on Richarlison.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.4) – Largely anonymous for the most part and found in no mans land trying to support the attack and midfield all at the same time. Replaced by 21 CONNOR WICKHAM (5.8) on 89 minutes and a very welcome return for the striker who has spent almost two years on the sidelines.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7.3) – Very solid game from the Senegalese international who should become a permanent fixture in this side. Continued to drive forward at every opportunity and always looked to get back and support the back line.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.2) – Another quiet game for the hard working winger but looked for the cross even when there was no height up front. Consistent but we really need him to hit a hot streak of form, particularly in the goal scoring stakes.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.4) – Influential even though it is clear that he is not fully fit. Used his strength more than his pace but even that was not enough to protect him from challenges at times. Guilty of not supporting the full backs and playing the easy ball at times but always a concern for the opposition.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 34 Martin Kelly, 42 Jason Puncheon, 44 Jairo Reidewald, 25 Sullay KaiKai, 14 Jordan Ayew
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “Had we won or drawn no-one would have begrudged us that. Football does not give you what you deserve, it is a question of results. All you can do is hope the team played well enough to get a result. Every game in the Premier League is a tough assignment. Obviously the top teams have very good quality players and have more resources than some of teams we play against. But the bottom line is you have to play all the teams in the league. Everton have qualities and we were prepared to try and nullify them. We will do same against Arsenal.”
MARCO SILVA: “Sometimes you make changes and everything goes well, like this afternoon. The other times you try and it’s not the same but in that moment it was important for us, we changed the formation with the substitutes and they did well.”
The Who Scored man of the match was shared by Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford (8.1). The player with the most shots was Gylfi Sigurdsson (5) while Idrissa Gueye (5) had the most tackles. Theo Walcott and Richarlison (3) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.18 – 6.41
- Total shots: 20 – 7
- Shots on target: 4 – 3
- Possession: 59.9% – 40.1%
- Pass success: 84% – 72%
- Dribbles: 8 – 6
- Aerials won: 22 – 17
- Tackles: 19 – 23
- Corners: 10 – 5
- Dispossessed: 12 – 13
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The Eagles are 15th in the Premier League table with seven points from nine games, level with West Ham United in 14th and a point ahead of Southampton in 16th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 28/10/2018 Arsenal (h)
- 31/10/2018 Middlesbrough (a)
- 04/11/2018 Chelsea (a)