- Date – 30th January 2019
- Venue – St Mary’s Stadium
- Attendance – 28,339
- Referee – Andre Marriner
- Bookings – Milivojevic, Hojbjerg, Bednarek, Wan-Bissaka, Zaha
- Sending off – Zaha
- Goals – Zaha (41), Ward-Prowse (71)
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.2)
A cold evening on the South Coast that ended in frustration and a petulant sending off that has clearly been coming for months. Picking up points away from home is always good but it could have been much better regardless of an inept refereeing performance that punished petulance over dangerous challenges. The continual questioning of Roy Hodgson’s in game management continues but the added angst among fans is that we just cannot pull ourselves away from danger at the moment against sides in and around us.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6.5) – Welcome return from injury after having to be replaced in the home game against Watford and continued where he left off with a solid display.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.2) – Yet another sterling effort from the young full back who must be on the fringes of a full international call up for England.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.7) – A concern when leaving the pitch late on and looked a little rusty after missing the cup win over Spurs. Replaced by 6 Scott Dann (6.1) on 91 minutes in a like for like replacement in the dying embers of the match.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.2) – Two great chances fell his way but the Frenchman could not capitalise on either. Dispossessed in the first half by Danny Ings which led to a chance for the hosts which thankfully they did not take.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.0) – Still desperately trying to find his form but there was progress even though he is left hopelessly exposed playing behind Wilf.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.5) – A presence once again in the midfield and continues to prove exactly what he was brought in to do. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.0) on 71 minutes to provide an injection of pace to the midfield to combat the oppositions advances.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.1) – First half booking effected his game but he adjusted appropriately and got through. Almost scored from a set piece which would have been one to savour.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.7) – Knows his place is under threat from Max Meyer waiting in the wings and while he does not have the creative touch of the German, he brings tenacious bite to the midfield with his work up and down the pitch.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.9) – A quieter game than of late which is easy to forgive him for but was on the end of an awful challenge once again on the edge of the box in the build up to the Palace goal.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.2) – It has been coming with continued petulance in games which Wilf really must do better to channel in the right way. He was provoked throughout with challenges on him being rotated among the hosts but he know better than to react the way he did. It was clear from the Saints players reactions to the sending off what their game plan was. Shame as Wilf had been on his game up until the flashpoint with a goal to boot but the red card will all this game will be remembered for.
14 JORDAN AYEW (7.0) – Played the loan striker role well against big bruising defenders following his every move. Battled for the ball throughout and worked hard with his hold up play. It was a surprise that he was not replaced in the latter stages for some fresh legs but that points towards how well he was doing up top.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 34 Martin Kelly, 7 Max Meyer, 17 Christian Benteke, 21 Connor Wickham
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “We had chances, there’s no doubt about that, especially in the second half we had balls cleared off the line and several other very good opportunities. Of course we’re going to be a bit disappointed, and to lose a player through a sending-off is even more disappointing. Wilf’s reaction to not receiving a foul when he was clearly pushed off the ball – obviously people do get frustrated, but I cannot condone the applauding of the referee. That is something you can’t do.”
RALPH HASENHUTTL: “I think the second half was much better. After ten days without a game it took time for us to get into the rhythm to create chances. We always want to play forward but sometimes it’s not possible, mainly against balanced and well organised teams. We have to wait until the right moment comes.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Jan Bednarek (7.9) while the most shots were from Stuart Armstrong (4). The most tackles were made by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6) while Wilfried Zaha (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.69 – 6.69
- Total shots: 13 – 15
- Shots on target: 4 – 3
- Possession: 58.7% – 41.3%
- Pass success: 82% – 72%
- Dribbles: 4 – 13
- Aerials won: 23 – 22
- Tackles: 25 – 24
- Corners: 3 – 8
- Dispossessed: 16 – 13
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 15th in the Premier League with 23 points from 23 games, a point behind Newcastle United in 14th and level with Southampton in 16th.
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