Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- Date – 10th November 2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,685
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Cards – Tomkins, Winks
- Goals – Foyth (66)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.3)
This was another good performance at home but one that ended with no points once again. Without the injured Wilfried Zaha, it was the familiar negativity among the fan base before kick off but the players put in a shift throughout and ran the North London side close in this encounter. The lack of goals continues to be a concern but there were a number of positives going into the international break, along with one of the better atmospheres that Selhurst has witnessed this season in awful conditions.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.2) – It is an odd feeling having an air of confidence about the Welsh goalkeeper who has been a favourite for the wrath of the fans in recent seasons. Did what was required of him in difficult conditions.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.3) – Running out of superlatives for the young full back who looks like he has been playing top class football for years and shone once again in this one.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.7) – Great chance to give Palace the lead but put his towering header wide. Received a booking for a foul on Lucas Moura in midfield but suffered an injury late in the first half which he was unable to shake off. Replaced by 34 MARTIN KELLY (6.4) on 60 minutes who got stuck in straight away and slotted in well next to Sakho.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.2) – One of his better games for Palace, no heart-in-mouth moments for the fans and combined well with his back line to prevent Harry Kane from having much of a sniff.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.0) – Part of a full back pairing that a lot of teams would be happy to have, but it was good to see the Dutchman starting to find some form again.
9 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (5.7) – Rating is extremely harsh as he played his part in the midfield battle alongside Luka. Likes a good run at the opposition and one such moment almost paid dividends.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.1) – Slowly but surely shaking the World Cup out of his legs and finding his form again. Made a glaring error which almost let in the opposition but was solid enough for the most part.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.5) – With four central midfielders starting the game again, two of them were to be sacrifieced in wide positions. It has become more common for McArthur but he continues to do a job and work well with the full back behind him. Replaced by 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.2) on 70 minutes who once again showed more belief and directness. Should have scored when a glorious opportunity came his way.
7 MAX MEYER (6.2) – Struggled out wide more than McArthur did after starting brightly but should really be taking up a central role to see the best of him. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.4) on 67 minutes who made a entertaining cameo with some good play out wide and forced a good save from Hugo Lloris with an effort from distance.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.7) – Worked as hard as ever and covered a ridiculous amount of ground during the nintey minutes. Rather snatched at a good effort that fell his way.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.2) – Probably his best performance in a Palace shirt after showing promise against Arsenal, if only he had used his head defensively before the only goal of the game all that good work would not so easily have been forgotten.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 42 Jason Puncheon, 44 Jairo Riedewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “The gap between us and the top teams is not that big – we’ve shown that in the last few games. The players aren’t allowing themselves to become disheartened. The attitude throughout was excellent today. In the last 20 or 30 minutes we were laying siege to the Tottenham goal. They will realise that it was quite a fortunate win. We go home very dejected because once again we have very little to show for our efforts.”
MAURICIO POCHETTINO: “It was a very competitive game. It was an even game and it was tough. Before the game we were talking a lot about how difficult it is to play here. I’m so pleased because the team fought well under difficult circumstances and got the three points.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Juan Foyth (7.9) while James Tomkins and Harry Kane (3) had the most shots. The players with the most tackles was Luka Milivojevic and Ben Davies (5) as Aaron Wan-Bissaka (3) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.48 – 6.93
- Total shots: 11 – 11
- Shots on target: 4 – 2
- Possession: 35.4% – 64.6%
- Pass success: 66% – 83%
- Dribbles: 4 – 7
- Aerials won: 19 – 10
- Tackles: 21 – 19
- Corners: 10 – 6
- Dispossessed: 8 – 9
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 16th in the Premier League with eight points from twelve games, level on points with Southampton and Cardiff City in 17th and 18th respectively and a point behind Newcastle United and Burnley in 14th and 15th.
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- 24/11/2018 Manchester United (a)
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