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FA Cup Statistics: Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town


  • Date – 5th January 2019
  • Venue – Selhurst Park
  • Attendance – 19,967
  • Referee – Martin Atkinson
  • Bookings – Rose, Hendrie
  • Sending off – Fox
  • Goals – Ayew (86)
  • STAR EAGLE – Jordan Ayew (6.9)


This was not a vintage performance to say the least but this side are churning out chances, over fifty in the last couple of home games combined. The worry is the extremely low percentage of converting those multitude of chances but it only takes one goal to win a game as this cup tie proved. A second match winning goal in as many game for Jordan Ayew was enough to see the Eagles into the fourth round. It was not through the lack of trying, plenty of efforts hit the woodwork and last ditch defending from the ten men from League Two who can be rightly proud of their showing. Attentions now turn to the draw on Monday as well as hopeful looks towards the transfer window.

PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Sam Smith)

13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.0) – Barely had anything to do on his return to the starting line up. Ten man Grimsby spent the mjority of the game camped on the edge of their box and attacked sparingly.

2 JOEL WARD (6.3) – Another of the nine changes, replacing Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Proved a more cautious approach than the England Under 21 international but provided a couple of dangerous crosses.

6 SCOTT DANN (6.5) – Palace will be glad to have the defender back after thirteen months out with a serious knee injury. Threatened at set-pieces with his height but could not mark his comeback with a goal

34 MARTIN KELLY (6.4) – The second half of the all Liverpudlian centre back pairing who was also a threat at set pieces. Had a long range effort tipped onto the post by the visitors keeper.

27 PAPE SOUARE (6.0) – Struggled at left-back before being unfortunate with an injury which forced him off. Twice allowed a cross-field pass to reach the visitors right winger who failed to test Hennessey. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.2) on 36 minutes. Unlucky to see a header hit the post

7 MAX MEYER (6.6) – The kind of game you would expect the German to take control of. Has shown flashes of excellence but is yet to properly show my he was among Europe’s highest rated youngsters at Schalke.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.7) – Had a couple of chances to score but could not take advantage. His deft cross onto the head of Ayew was one of the few moments of quality from Palace.

44 JAIRO REIDEWALD (6.5) – Went about his work quietly in midfield before being withdrawn as Palace sought further attacking potency. Replaced by 14 JORDAN AYEW (6.9) on 68 minutes. Good header. Goal machine. No other words for him.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.8) – Lucky not to be seriously hurt by Andrew Fox’s lunge in the first minute. Had a few long-range efforts which barely troubled the keeper.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.7) – Seemed a bit strange to start him in this game, almost seemed destined to get injured. Thankfully, he didn’t but instead looked incredibly frustrated, again.

9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (5.7) – Three words. Needs a loan. Replaced by 21 CONNOR WICKHAM (6.2) on 61 minutes who seems almost too desparate for a goal. Snatched at a couple of chances.

Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 25 Sullay KaiKai, 29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 35 Sam Woods

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID (courtesy of BBC Sport)

ROY HODGSON: “They were unlucky to get a player sent off but it was a red card. The referee got it right with the help of VAR and made the right call. Grimsby got players behind the ball and sort of camped. They asked questions. We made a lot of attempts, made a real effort to get through, but they were fantastic and there were incredible performances from some of their defenders throwing their bodies on the line. The only positive that you get from the game is that you actually win it in the end. You spend ninety minutes bashing your head at the wall. We didn’t use enough skill but I can’t criticise them for their efforts.”

MICHAEL JOLLEY: “The result is incredibly disappointing but we were applauded off the pitch by the Palace supporters, which says everything about our performance. It was a mammoth task to hold off with ten men and we almost got there. The way we defended our box was first-class throughout. It is a daunting task to be away at a Premier League side. The players delivered a performance that Grimsby can be proud of. You can only deserve a replay if you score the same number of goals. We are very proud we came to this great football club and put up a good fight.”


  • Total shots: 33 – 4
  • Shots on target: 8 – 1
  • Possession: 61% – 39%
  • Corners: 7 – 2
  • Fouls: 10 – 11
  • Grimsby have won one of their last 14 FA Cup ties away against higher opposition, Middlesbrough in 1988/89
  • The last time Palace lost an FA Cup tie at home against a side in the lower divisions, Millwall in 1984/85
  • Jordan Ayew scores in consecutive matches for the first time since March 2017


  • 12/01/2019 Watford (h)
  • 19/01/2019 Liverpool (a)
  • 30/01/2019 Southampton (a)



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