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Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley


  • Date – 1st December 2018
  • Venue – Selhurst Park
  • Attendance – 25,098
  • Referee – Lee Probert
  • Cards – Mee, Meyer
  • Goals – McArthur (16), Townsend (77)
  • STAR EAGLE – James McArthur (9.0)


It has felt like a long time coming to see Palace strole to victory against an inferior side in the Premier League but the Eagles did so in style against Burnley and never looked like slowing down. After a number of very good performances from the Eagles ending up in losses, it was about time to see them dominate in such a way that should give fans optimism for the rest of the season. Not sure we have seen a more emphatic 2-0 win for the Palace.

PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)

13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.6) – The Welshman was barely tested throughout the game due to any real attacking threat from the opposition.

29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.2) – Solid once again, winning back possession on multiple occassions and getting forward to support the multitude of attacks.

5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.1) – The partnership with Sakho continues to be one of the most important parts to this side, which is why there was a real concern when Tomkins landed awkwardly on a couple of occassions. Hard to get past once again.

12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.2) – A rock in defence yet again and has started to become more composed with the ball at his in the last few matches.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.8) – Had a few chances to score but could not quite hit the back of the net but used his pace to good effect with darting runs forward which causing problems all afternoon.

8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7.4) – The aerial presence he provides is superb along with his ability to help out the back line defensively. Played his part in the second goal with a great pass to Townsend to set him on his way.

4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.6) – Upping his game with every match and slowly reaching the same player we all know and love. Enforced the midfield superbly, should have converted a clear chance to score after being put through on goal.

7 MAX MEYER (7.7) – A quality performance from the German who showed a high level of skill and ability, managed to get a shot off and test the keeper early on and always involved. Replaced by 42 JASON PUNCHEON (6.0) on 90 minutes to provide fresh legs and see the game out.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (9.0) – The former Wigan midfielder put in an outstanding performance and was rewarded with a goal from a fantastic cross into the box which went in off the post. The usual engine in midfield. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.2) on 78 minutes who had little time to make an impact.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (8.7) – Worked hard yet again and after we have said lately that we would like to see more goals from him, he goes on to score an absolute beauty to seal all three points for Palace! Replaced by 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.2) on 88 minutes which allowed Townsend the standing ovation he deserved.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.7) – Overall, another very good performance from Palace’s main man but does need to start playing with a smile on his face and release the ball earlier for better options that may sometimes be on.

Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 34 Martin Kelly, 2 Joel Ward, 14 Jordan Ayew


ROY HODGSON: “I’m delighted because we played very well, we have had teams on the rack at home and not got the win we needed, so it was good to get a win after a good performance. It’s good to see the team playing well, and I didn’t think we were going to relinquish our grip and let them back in. We did what we needed to do and I am delighted we won it with such a good goal.”

SEAN DYCHE: “We have to be a team, and we are a bit stretched at the moment. The effort’s good, but it’s a bit misguided, we have to remind them how they can play. Questions do get asked, they are bound to – we are in a results business. There’s work to be done, the players are involved in that work and they wish to be. But I have not forgotten how we got here and how we built it. I’m pretty level about that, but I know there is more needs to be done.”


The Who Scored man of the match was James McArthur (9.0) while Wilfried Zaha (6). The most tackles were made by Kevin Long (6) as Andros Townsend (4) made the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 7.23 – 6.41
  • Total shots: 29 – 4
  • Shots on target: 9 – 0
  • Possession: 58.7% – 41.3%
  • Pass success: 81% – 75%
  • Dribbles: 14 – 3
  • Aerials won: 21 – 23
  • Tackles: 8 – 18
  • Corners: 10 – 2
  • Dispossessed: 13 – 6


Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 12 points from 14 games, level on points with Newcastle United in 15th and three behind West Ham United in 13th.


  • 04/12/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
  • 08/12/2018 West Ham United (a)
  • 15/12/2018 Leicester City (h)



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