- Date – 4th December 2018
- Venue – Amex Stadium
- Attendance – 29,663
- Referee – Kevin Friend
- Cards – Duffy (red), Tomkins, Zaha, Bernardo, Bissouma, Milivojevic
- Goals – Murray (24 pen), Balogun (31), Andone (45), Milivojevic (81 pen)
- STAR EAGLE – No-one deserved the accolade
The assessment of this defeat should not be a knee jerk reaction but this was the same eleven that won so soundly on Saturday but simply did not turn up for the derby game. Losing is not an issue normally, you could argue more is learnt rather than the papering over of cracks a victory can do. It is hard to point the figure at one individual, not even Roy Hodgson.
This is a collective responsibility, and they need to take a long hard look at themselves after losing in the manner that they did in this appalling performance. Granted, the penalty award was wrong but these are professional players who let it get to them even after being handed a lifeline shortly after. The body language and lack of passion for what they know is a huge fixture for this club was as inexcusable as the result. A massive reaction is needed this weekend, whether we get it is an entirely different matter.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5.4) – Could he have done better for any of the goals? Certainly should have done with the third at least even though Tomkins and Sakho failed dismally.
29 AARON WAN BISSAKA (6.6) – This could well be the first occasion where he struggled to settle into a game but not the one to choose. He certainly was not alone.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (5.8) – Torrid night on the South Coast for the usually reliable centre back. Just like the rest of us, a performance to forget. Lucky not to have given away a penalty for a challenge on Murray.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.0) – Marginally better than his centre back partner but was guilty of criminal defending for the hosts third goal which ended up being the killer.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.3) – A tough night for the left back as it was for the whole back line, took a headbutt for his troubles which pretty much summed up the night.
7 MAX MEYER (6.2) – Had the chances to get a goal or two at crucial times but fluffed his lines in a game he struggled in what was an overrun midfield for the most part.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.9) – Plenty of questions being raised about the armband in his possession particularly since his World Cup exertions but he kept trying to drive the team forward all night and grabbed the consolation from the spot.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (5.4) – Perhaps the Supermarket Sweep in the club shop had taken it out of him but he struggled to make an impact on the game. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.2) on 73 minutes but he is not a game changer so always on a hiding to nothing.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.3) – First time we have seen him really struggle in a game for the club since arriving and one that he should have asserted himself on. Replaced by 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.6) on 58 minutes who hassled and got into postions, winning a few aerial challenges but the supply line did not arrive for him to have a real chance on goal.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.0) – The worker did what we always expect him to do but his choice of balls into the box were all too often wrong for the players that got themselves in there.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.8) – All too often we looked for him to turn on the magic which simply did not arrive. The pantomime villain throughout in a game that he could easily have seen a second booking.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp, 42 Jason Puncheon, 14 Jordan Ayew, 9 Alexander Sorloth
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “We won the second half comfortably, but not by enough goals. I didn’t have high hopes because I knew they would defend well. They came out deserved winners. Goals change things. It’s different at 0-0. At 1-0 and 2-0 down other factors come in. Without watching the game back, I don’t have a clear point to make about why this performance wasn’t as good. A win and a good performance in one game doesn’t give you the right to win the next one. At this level we take every game humbly. When we do win we are very happy, when we lose we are very unhappy. The adjectives after a while get wearying.”
CHRIS HUGHTON: “I thought we were outstanding. It’s a shame their penalty went in. There is no hiding place for what Duffy did. He knows better than that because he is an experienced international player. The second and third were big goals for us. The second was the one. It relieved pressure on us, then Andone’s third was special. It showed real desire. You know a bad run can leave you four or five without a win. To get two wins on the spin is big for us. We thoroughly deserved it.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Yves Bissouma (7.6) while Luka Milivojevic and Max Meyer (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Yves Bissouma (9) while Anthony Knockaert, Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend (2) had the most dribbles
- Team rating: 6.94 – 6.25
- Total shots: 9 – 18
- Shots on target: 3 – 5
- Possession: 31.4% – 68.6%
- Pass success: 71% – 85%
- Dribbles: 6 – 8
- Aerials won: 13 – 18
- Tackles: 30 – 17
- Corners: 4 – 5
- Dispossessed: 10 – 20
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 15th in the Premier League with 12 points from 15 games played, level on points with Newcastle United in 14th and a point ahead of Cardiff City in 16th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 08/12/2018 West Ham United (a)
- 15/12/2018 Leicester City (h)
- 22/12/2018 Manchester City (a)