Premier League Statistics: Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
- Date – 4th November 2018
- Venue – Stamford Bridge
- Attendance – 40,407
- Referee – Michael Oliver
- Cards – Milivojevic
- Goals – Morata (32, 65), Townsend (53), Pedro (70)
- STAR EAGLE – Andros Townsend (7.5)
Getting points out of the top six sides this season was always going to be a challenge for Palace however, with our goals mainly coming away from home and Chelsea’s poor defensive record at Stamford Bridge so far this season, travelling fans were only right to feel a little optimistic. Unfortunately, despite a well contested first half, the Eagles came away from West London without any points to show for their efforts.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5.8) – Made a handful of good reaction saves with one stopping a goal-bound Willian free kick. Also did well to stop Alvaro Morata chipping him late on to grab a hat-trick.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (6.5) – Did what was expected of him in defense and made a few well-timed, decisive tackles.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.3) – Not up to his usual standard and struggled to clear the ball on multiple occasions with one being turned into the net by Morata.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.1) – Still looks a liability in defense and makes me nervous when on the ball! Needs to calm down and play the simple pass rather than being extravagant.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.4) – Another sub-standard performance from the usually reliable full back. Was caught out of position on a few occasions and lost possession in dangerous areas, including for one of the goals.
7 MAX MEYER (6.3) – Made a big impact when starting from the off as he created space for Zaha and Townsend up front however, I can’t help but feel he would be better suited in the number ten role behind a striker with two wingers either side as at times he looked lost out wide. Replaced by 14 JORDAN AYEW (6.0) on 71 minutes who struggled to make an impact.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.6) – Seemed to make a differece to the team as he provided extra defensive support. Huge fan of his darting runs forward which helped push the team up the pitch quickly and effectively.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.8) – Had a much better game bar a few slip ups. Was unfortunate to get booked for a foul very similar to one made a few minutes before by Jorginho.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.4) – Still a huge asset to this Palace side due to his workrate and ability to win possession in midfield. Put in the expected shift once again. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.1) on 80 minutes who did little to help the cause after a difficult week for the former Leicester man.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.5) – Played well up front without a lot of support from others and took his goal very well. Hopefully finding the net in West London will get him scoring more regularly again.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.3) – Not a great game from a player Palace fans look to for something to be created. Granted, he was being marked by four Chelsea players at a time but he seemed to try too hard to get out of tricky situations when easier options were available but suffered through lack of support like Townsend.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 34 Martin Kelly, 44 Jairo Reidewald, 9 Alexander Sorloth
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “The season has got a lot of football left in it and there’s many more games to play. I’m fairly confident with the players we have and the way we play that results will come. If you continue to perform at the right level the results have got to follow.”
MAURIZIO SARRI: “We were in a little bit of trouble so we needed some quality, some personality. We were lucky today because Eden Hazard was on the bench so he was able immediately to change the match.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Pedro (9.2) while Alvaro Morata (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Marcus Alonso (4) as Wilfried Zaha (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.13 – 6.46
- Total shots: 15 – 7
- Shots on target: 6 – 2
- Possession: 73.7% – 26.3%
- Pass success: 91% – 77%
- Dribbles: 13 – 12
- Aerials won: 13 – 12
- Tackles: 21 – 20
- Corners: 4 – 2
- Dispossessed: 12 – 12
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 14th in the Premier League with eight points from eleven games, level with Burnley in 15th and three points behind West Ham United in 13th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 10/11/2018 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
- 24/11/2018 Manchester United (a)
- 01/12/2018 Burnley (h)