League Cup Statistics – Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 31st October 2018
- Venue – Riverside Stadium
- Attendance – 11,850
- Referee – Paul Tierney
- Cards – none
- Goals – Wing (45)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.1)
A disappointing exit from the Carabao Cup at the hands of Middlesbrough who had one shot on target that found it’s way into the net but it was a stunner. Typical. Why do teams like Palace not realise what an opportunity a competition like this could be and put out a stronger line up and really go for what was a shot at the last eight? Unfortunately, what was mostly a line up of fringe players that started this game, failed to exert themselves on a Boro side that were certainly not far superior in this tie and with that, did not stake claims for starts in the first eleven.
31 VICENTE GUAITA (5.5) – A few suspect moments and clear breakdown in communication on a couple of occasions with what was a makeshift defence in front of him. Could not do much about the goal.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.1) – Still put in a decent showing in a game that not many expected him to start considering how valuable he has become to us.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.5) – Did not do an awful lot wrong and was the better centre back on the night, a position that with an injury or two we could struggle.
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (5.9) – Looked out of sorts for most of the evening until he was pushed into midfield late in the game. Not showed much to prove his future should be in the heart of the defence.
27 PAPE SOUARE (6.0) -Looked like a player that has suffered without much game time, not on the same wavelength as Guaita on one occasion. Replaced by 35 SAM WOODS (6.0) on 79 minutes for his professional debut and looking to follow in the footsteps of teammate Wan-Bissaka.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.1) – Lively start but soon faded. Had a couple of clear sights at goal but fluffed his lines. Proved that he should really on be a fringe player with everyone fit.
7 MAX MEYER (6.8) – Tried to force things throughout the evening but even the German midfielder struggled to get things going at times.
42 JASON PUNCHEON (6.4) – Even though the possession statistics were in our favour for most of the evening, Punch did not link up particularly well with Meyer which was a concern. Replaced by 25 SULLAY KAIKAI (6.0) on 84 minutes who did not really get as involved as you would expect for an attacking player of a side searching for a goal.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.0) – Got what we always get from the winger, a lot of hard work but a lack of final product. You cannot knock the work rate but as we have said many times before, we need something a bit more from him.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.1) – Not much to report at all from the first half but started getting into the game in the second until being replaced by 4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.5) on 65 minutes. The Serbian midfielder provided some more urgency in the midfield but could not drag Palace back into the game.
9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.0) – Like Ayew, had little effect on the first half but continued to give away silly free kicks throughout the game when harassing the opposition in different areas. Did not threaten as a big striker should.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 20 Jonny Williams, 21 Connor Wickham, 39 Nya Kirby
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “Football today is a competition where you have a squad of players. We’ve had a fairly stable eleven this season and there were a lot of players there tonight who needed a game and they didn’t let me down in any shape or form.”
TONY PULIS: “The first-half performance was excellent and again we got into a lot of great positions and had opportunities but it took a wonder goal from Wingy to give us that lead.”
- Total shots: 9 – 8
- Shots on target: 1 – 3
- Possession: 43% – 57%
- Corners: 1 – 9
- Fouls: 8 – 13
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