Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
- Date – 12th January 2019
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,010
- Referee – Paul Tierney
- Cards – Milivojevic, Pereyra, Femenia, Cleverely, Sema
- Goals – Cathcart (own goal 38, 67), Cleverley (74)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.6)
Once again, the inability to take advantage of good chances in front of goal bites the Eagles on the backside. The hosts played some good football in stages of the game but the same old story continued at home. The turning point was the equaliser which completely switched the momentum. Roy Hodgson has to find a way of getting the team to score at home which has nothing to do with a lack of chances. Whether that be a change in personnel or formation, something has to happen.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6.4) – His usual reliable self until what looked like a calf injury effected his kicking and eventually forced him off. Replaced by 13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5.9) on 45 minutes who was missing in action for the all important equaliser but could not do a lot with the second. Looked rusty and failed to command his area.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.6) – Missed a couple of tackles but still proved to be as solid as ever. If he continues like he is, the worry will be holding on to him in the summer.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.8) – Compelling battle with Troy Deeney who seemed to have the edge over him for much of the game. Played a part in both goals but almost scored himself at the other end.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.4) – Struggled to keep the usual solid partnership with Tomkins together at the centre of defence. Still made some thundering challenges though.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.7) – Showing glimpses of finding the form that he enjoyed last season. Overlapped well to support the attack and strong defensively.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.5) – Good game from the towering midfielder who showed great footwork on the ball after an early injury scare.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.5) – BOOKED! Brushed off the struggles of his early season form with a captain’s performance in the middle of the park. Unlucky with a speculative effort from distance which was well saved.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.6) – Great chance when it looked easier to score than miss but the reliable Scot worked tirelessly. Replaced by 31 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.3) on 78 minutes in what was a welcome return for the Belgian who provided a much needed aerial threat.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.6) – Looked far more confident after his goals in recent games but was unable to make it three in three. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.0) on 83 minutes to provide some fresh legs to a tiring home side.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.0) – We talk about other parterships in the side but Andros has formed a good understanding with Aaron on the right hand side. Worked hard up and down the pitch but could not find that killer ball.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.7) – Showed more confidence than in recent games but still a little off his usual performances. Regardless, the winger created several chances and had a couple himself which he really should have done better with.
Unused substitutes – 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 7 Max Meyer, 21 Connor Wickham
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID (courtesy of BBC Sport)
ROY HODGSON: “They scored a wonder goal, it happens in football matches and there’s not much you can do about them. Watford are a good team who held out and got the victory. Every game has those stories at the end but it’s the goals you have scored and those you have conceded. We probably needed to create more chances to get the second goal – Watford were good on the counter attack. They’ll probably point to the early chance that hit the post. We have to accept we could have won but it’s also a game you can lose and we did.”
JAVI GRACIA: “I think we had the confidence during the game. We started by conceding an own goal but after that the level was the same and in the second half we got the reward with two amazing goals. I am very happy with the performance and attitude of my players. All games against Palace are always very equal, today was again. After conceding the first goal it was more difficult but we knew this team are conceding more goals in this period and it was our moment. We created enough chances to win the game. All my players deserve more time to play as they are all working very hard to play. I felt the best option was Tom and he scored an amazing goal.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Adrian Mariappa (7.8) while the most shots were from Wilfried Zaha (6). The most tackles were made by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Andros Townsend (5) while most dribbles were from Gerard Deulofeu (8).
- Team rating: 6.65 – 6.92
- Total shots: 15 – 16
- Shots on target: 6 – 2
- Possession: 55.1% – 44.9%
- Pass success: 76% – 78%
- Dribbles: 12 – 13
- Aerials won: 22 – 26
- Tackles: 32 – 15
- Corners: 7 – 7
- Dispossessed: 7 – 20
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 14th in the Premier League, four points behind Brighton in 13th and one ahead of Burnley in 15th.
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