- Date – 27th January 2019
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 19,491
- Referee – Kevin Friend
- Cards – Foyth, Sanchez, Benteke, Zaha
- Goals – Wickham (9), Townsend (34 pen)
- STAR EAGLE – Cheikhou Kouyate (8.0)
Much ado about nothing after the comments from Roy Hodgson in build up to this FA Cup tie but the team he selected did the club proud with a very good performance to see off Tottenham Hotspur and reach the fifth round of the FA Cup. The win could well have been by a bigger scoreline but the clean sheet was preserved by some staunch defending throughout. This was a win to warm the hearts, hands and bodies of a reduced crowd at Selhurst Park, but no less noisy, who witnessed a result that starts the fans daring to dream. With Premier League teams dropping like flies, a kind draw in the next round could see the Eagles love affair with this competition continue to the latter stages once again.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
1 JULIAN SPERONI (7.8) – Rolled back the years and banished the memory of Anfield with some excellent saves to keep the visitors at bay at very important times in the game. His name ringing out among the stands after the final whistle said everything.
2 JOEL WARD (7.6) – Looked beaten for pace early on but grew into the game and battled hard to play his part, put his body on the line on more than one occassion.
34 MARTIN KELLY (7.2) – Has become so dependable when asked to step in to the centre of defence and there should never be any hesitation in future as he slotted in and did a sterling job once again.
6 SCOTT DANN (7.7) – One time it was hard to imagine a Palace side without the former captain in it but that proves how far we have come. It has been a long road to recovery but good to see him back in the starting line up doing what he does best.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.7) – Still continuing to struggle at left back with some disappointing performances but still playing his part even if this was mostly a second string backline. Concended the visitor’s penalty which they fortunately missed.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (8.0) – Brilliant game from the Senegal international who seemed to cover every blade of grass on that Selhurst Park pitch.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.5) – Good showing from the midfielder who used his pace to get in a good position to set up the opening goal. Worked hard up and down the pitch all afternoon.
7 MAX MEYER (6.9) – Looked to provide that touch of class and often nipped in to steal the ball off the toes of the opposition. Replaced by 4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.0) on 79 minutes in an effort to protect the backline and see out the win.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.6 – GOAL!) – You know what you are going to get with Andros but this was an excellent all round showing after a slow start. Hard working, got his goal against his former side from the spot and should have had a second. Replaced by 14 JORDAN AYEW (6.1) on 88 minutes to provide some fresh legs lucky to escape a booking.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.6 – BOOKED!) – Had one great chance after some good work by Benteke and one exceptional piece of skill but looked a little frustrated and out of sorts.
21 CONNOR WICKHAM (7.5 – GOAL!) – Emotional moment to see the big man grab a goal, his first since returing from such a lengthy injury lay off. Good all round game from the striker and shows how we can play with a focal point up top. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.5 – BOOKED!) on 70 minutes who looked fit and ready to go. Won a couple of headers straight away and put Wilf in for a chance on goal. Make sure you’re sitting down, but we could have some competition up front coming to fruition!
Unused substitutes – 41 Joe Tupper, 12 Mamadou Sakho, 29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 44 Jairo Riedewald
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “For Connor, to play and crown it with a goal, that’s good news. Two years and three months… incredible. It’s a credit to him. He’s worked hard to get to where he is. I believe and hope he can make a contribution, but that would be putting an awful lot of pressure on him. We can leave Selhurst Park with a smile on our faces and see what awaits us in the fifth round.”
MAURICIO POCHETTINO: “Now we have to be positive. It’s true, this season has been tough. You feel disappointed – you can’t feel anything different. We are still in two competitions, a good position in the Premier League and the Champions League is a massive motivation for the whole club. We have to be strong. People wish we could win some trophies but being realistic, we are doing so well. To win a title here in England like the FA Cup or Carabao Cup is about being lucky, not only about quality in your squad.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Cheikhou Kouyate (8.0) while the most shots were made by Erik Lamela (5). The most tackles were by Cheikhou Kouyate (5) while Kyle Walker-Peters (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.12 – 6.41
- Total shots: 8 – 18
- Shots on target: 6 – 4
- Possession: 28.6% – 71.4%
- Pass success: 66% – 87%
- Dribbles: 7 – 11
- Aerials won: 16 – 13
- Tackles: 27 – 15
- Corners: 1 – 11
- Dispossessed: 10 – 17
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 30/01/2019 Southampton (a)
- 02/02/2019 Fulham (h)
- 09/02/2019 West Ham United (h)