Premier League Statistics: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Crystal Palace
- Date – 2nd January 2019
- Venue – Molineux Stadium
- Attendance – 30,666
- Referee – Roger East
- Bookings – Boly, Saiss, Bennett, Milivojevic, Jonny
- Goals -Ayew (83), Milivojevic (90)
- STAR EAGLE – Jordan Ayew (8.0)
After the disappointment of the last couple of games, the Eagles made it ten points out of a possible fifteen with a good away win against high-flying Wolves. Not only did we start the game with a striker, but that striker scored and we replaced that striker with another striker – the wonders of modern football! Kidding aside, Palace kick off the New Year with a win and an eighth clean sheet of the season which is not a bad way to start. Roy Hodgson and the players deserve the plaudits for this result after doing a good job on Wolves.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored, narrative from Sam Carp)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6.0) – The Palace shot-stopper wasn’t given too much to do by the home side, but was still alert enough to keep out Rúben Neves’ late long-range effort and preserve the three points. The Spaniard now has five clean sheets in eight appearances and has made the number one shirt his own.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.2) – Another accomplished performance from the youngster, who remains as much of a threat going forward as he is sound defensively. Keeps maturing with every game, too.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.0) – Quickly becoming Palace’s most consistent performer at the heart of what is arguably the best back four we’ve had in the Premier League. Rarely troubled on a night when the Eagles successfully limited their hosts.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.7) – On a day when Sakho was being linked with a move away from Selhurst Park, the Frenchman reminded us why he is so important to Palace’s defence. The away side’s best player on the night, Sakho was composed on the ball and defensively sound throughout the match.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.2) – ASSIST! – Was as willing to get up and down as ever and kept the dangerous Helder Costa relatively quiet. Deserves a rest for the Grimsby game on Saturday.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.5) – Becoming a key cog in the Palace midfield. Does a lot of good work off the ball that will go unseen and looks willing to join in with attacks at every opportunity.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.4) – Was an assured presence in the midfield and managed to have an influence on the game going forward. Got booked in the second half but dispatched his penalty with typical coolness and conviction.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.2) -Was back to his busy best in the midfield despite a bizarre attempt to win a penalty in the second half.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.9) – Probably Palace’s biggest threat in the first half before fading slightly in the second. Has started every Premier League game this season but nothing epitomised his workrate more than the dying moments when he ran a large chunk of the pitch to win a free kick deep in opposition territory.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.6) – Was closely monitored by the Wolves defence but looked more comfortable for being back on the left and was able to influence the game more as it went on. Winning a late penalty will hopefully give him some much-needed confidence.
14 JORDAN AYEW (8.0) – GOAL! – Worked like a man who had been told that this could be his last chance to prove his worth to the club. Ayew has been made somewhat of a scapegoat for the Eagles’ lack of centre forward and it was visibly apparent how much his first Palace goal meant to him. It remains to be seen where his future lies but hopefully he has turned a corner. Replaced by 21 CONNOR WICKHAM (6.0) on 88 minutes – a striker for a striker – after weeks of not playing with a striker! Was sent on primarily to hold the ball up and help run the clock down.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 7 Max Meyer
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “I thought we were the team pushing for the goal and when we eventually got it I think we can say we deserved it. Jordan worked so hard and it was fitting he could score the goal that has eluded him and us for so long. I’m really pleased with the performance, the discipline and I’m delighted to win a game away from home because it makes the Christmas period quite a good one for us.”
NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO: “The first half was very compact, both teams very organised but we didn’t quite get in the game. We have to do better. There’s no excuses. We didn’t perform well. Palace had one day less than us so there’s no excuses.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Jordan Ayew (8.0) while Patrick van Aanholt (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Joao Moutinho, Romain Saiss, James McArthur and Jordan Ayew (5) as Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew (3) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.46 – 6.80
- Total shots: 8 – 16
- Shots on target: 1 – 4
- Possession: 51.7% – 48.3%
- Pass success: 82% – 80%
- Dribbles: 4 – 14
- Aerials won: 24 – 11
- Tackles: 24 – 19
- Corners: 2 – 10
- Dispossessed: 14 – 14
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 22 points from 21 games, four points behind Brighton in 13th and four points ahead of Newcastle in 15th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 05/01/2019 Grimsby Town (h)
- 12/01/2019 Watford (h)
- 19/01/2019 Liverpool (a)