- Date – 8th December 2018
- Venue – London Stadium
- Attendance – 56,995
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Cards – Diop, Tomkins, Zaha
- Goals – McArthur (6), Snodgrass (48), Hernandez (62), Anderson (65), Schlupp (76)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.6)
From a few positive performances to two that were simply dreadful in a matter of weeks. A once hard to beat defence has now shipped goals left, right and centre. Even after going a goal ahead, a poor twenty minute spell was enough for the hosts to take advantage and proved too much for the Eagles to come back from for the second game in a row. It is little wonder Palace do not find themselves in the bottom three, suggesting the Premier League is not as strong as last season but we cannot rest on our laurels and expect a seventh successive season at the top table, it needs to be earnt and right now, Palace are struggling to do that.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5.0) – Good early save but looked unsighted for the first goal although there is a big question mark over the second. No chance with the third as the defence sat off the opposition.
29 AARON WAN BISSAKA (7.6) – Stood firm throughout with tackles and blocks. The one player from the back line that came out of this result with much credit.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.3) – Very mixed performance from the former Hammer. Involved in the opening goal with a good header from a free kick but gave one away that led to the second goal. Booking means that he missed the next match.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.6) – Solid enough in the centre but seemed to return to giving fans the jitters when in possession. Struggled to cope with the aerial ability of Andy Carroll when he entered the fray at the break. Guilty of a poor clearing header which led to the equaliser.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.1) – Good floating free kick into the box which resulted in the opening goal but his game was ended early due to injury. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.3) on 55 minutes who slotted in well and got forward to grab the second goal to give Palace late hope.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.7) – A more lethargic showing than we has seen from him than in recent weeks against his former employers. Looked to find it difficult in the midfield and ended up being pushed back to a position in front of the back line more than he would have liked.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.7) – Hit the crossbar with a great free kick in the first half which would have doubled Palace’s lead but struggled to win the midfield battle particularly at the start of the second half.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.4) – Worked as hard as ever in the midfield, deserved his early goal however scrappy it may have been. Replaced by 14 JORDAN AYEW (6.0) on 66 minutes who did very little to give any indication that he should be starting.
7 MAX MEYER (6.9) – Started well but faded, had a half chance to give Palace the lead for a second time. Good assist for the second goal but crying out to be played more central. Replaced by 42 JASON PUNCHEON (6.1) on 84 minutes who had very little impact on proceedings.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.2) – Played well by causing the hosts problems and involved regularly. Was on the end of a few late challenges in the first half which provided good free kick opportunities.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.0) – Poor game by his standards. Involved in winning the corner leading to the second goal. Performance topped off by a late booking that sees him miss the next game.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 34 Martin Kelly, 2 Joel Ward, 9 Alexander Sorloth
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID (courtesy of BBC Sport)
ROY HODGSON: “We lost. I am not sure what assessment to make. After they equalised we started to play better and had good control, but after the free-kick and strike from Anderson we find ourselves 3-1 down. We continued to ask questions but the two goals after the equaliser did for us.”
MANUEL PELLEGRINI: “We are now in tenth, five points from sixth place. Maybe the first five teams have so many points that it’s difficult, but we must go step by step and try to beat Fulham next week. I always look up. I never look down. I always tell the players they must have a winning mentality. They must decide to be a big team so we must be used to seeing what is happening in front of us.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Robert Snodgrass (8.4) while Felipe Anderson and Hernandez (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (4) as Robert Snodgrass, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha (3) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.94 – 6.55
- Total shots: 13 – 8
- Shots on target: 6 – 4
- Possession: 48.5% – 51.5%
- Pass success: 81% – 80%
- Dribbles: 10 – 10
- Aerials won: 25 – 10
- Tackles: 22 – 20
- Corners: 5 – 3
- Dispossessed: 14 – 15
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 16th in the Premier League with 12 points from 16 games, just a point ahead of the same point last season. The Eagles are level with Burnley in 17th and a point behind Newcastle United in 15th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 15/12/2018 Leicester City (h)
- 22/12/2018 Manchester City (a)
- 26/12/2018 Cardiff City (h)