- Date – 9th February 2019
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,552
- Referee – Craig Pawson
- Cards – Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, McArthur,
- Goals – Noble (27 pen), Zaha (76)
- STAR EAGLE – Wilfried Zaha (8.2)
A good point at Selhurst Park but have to feel a tinge of disappointment that it did not turn out to be all three after the Eagles dominated the second half. Plenty of frustration once again at the officials but Palace can perhaps feel fortunate not to have been down to ten men the way decisions were going. No questions this week over the changes that were made by Roy Hodgson and the timings but with several good performances across the pitch, the palace boss will have a selection headache for the next Premier League game at Leicester in a couple of weeks.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6.2) – Made the mistake that lead to the penalty award but made a few good saves to keep the Eagles in the game. Continues to have a huge influence across the backline both vocally and with his quick feet.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (6.9 – BOOKED!) – Was always going to be interesting going up against an in-form winger and while it was a good battle, there was very little threat in the second half which said everything. Very unlucky to receive a booking for what looked a good tackle.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.5) – Stepped in for the injured James Tomkins and did not put a foot wrong once again. Great chance from a corner when he found himself unmarked but headed over.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.6) – Big concern when he went down injured but managed to run it off. Solid in the heart of the defence and led by example.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.0) – Question mark over his defending leading to the penalty but going forward he was a real benefit for the team, had two good hits from distance just off target.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.7) – Justified his start after a very good game and a goal against Fulham and he continued where he left off with an energetic display linking up the defence to attack by using his pace at every opportunity.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.3 – BOOKED!) – Involved in a real battle in the middle of the park and received a booking for very little reason which left him running a tightrope for the rest of game. Was lucky not to receive a second with the way the referee was officiating the match.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.9 – BOOKED! ASSIST!) – Will be remembered for a terrible miss after doing all the hard work and with two players screaming to be put in for a simple tap in, the Scot amazingly blasted the opportunity off the post. Worked hard but his place looks to be under threat with Schlupp playing so well and Meyer itching for a start. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6.2) on 79 minutes who was lively and gave the side fresh impotus from the second he arrived on the pitch. Good link up play with Zaha and involved in the build up to the equaliser. Kept trying to work an opportunity for a winner.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.0) – We do not see it that oftern but Andros and Wilf switched wings a number of times to keep the visting full backs guessing. Another industrious performance from Townsend.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (8.2 – GOAL!) – Back from suspension and grabbed a deserved equaliser much to the dismay of the visiting fans but this was more than that, as Zaha showed the outlet he gives this side which is a real miss when he is not playing.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.2) – Played as the lone striker but looked more comfortable against Fulham with a striker playing alongside him. Often made the wrong decisions when holding the ball up, looked a little rusty but certainly not through lack of effort. Replaced by 23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6.2) on 60 minutes and much like Meyer, gave the side something extra by showing his real quality. Good touch and great on the ball. Had a real chance to get his first goal for the club but his effort went just wide.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 2 Joel Ward, 6 Scott Dann, 26 Bakary Sako, 14 Jordan Ayew
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “I’m entitled to have faith in this team, I believe they should be less concerned about teams below them. There are a lot of games to play. I can continue to hope these performances get us into the top half of the table. My perception is that I think I’ve got a very good football team and they showed it today. The first half I thought was even, but the second was one-way traffic. We had to work hard for our equaliser, we had 17 attempts in the second half, we swarmed around the goal but we found Fabianski in very good form. We have a group of players who don’t put their heads down, they fight for each other and they believe we’re a good team, even if our position does not indicate that.”
MANUEL PELLEGRINI: “It was a good game, the first 45 minutes we had a brilliant performance and played better than Palace. In the second half we made a mistake and dropped inside our own half and allowed them to have to the ball too much. They were a bit lucky with the goal but they had other chances so the draw was the logical result. In 95 minutes I think that was the fair result. We have a lot of players missing, we play away so I’m happy with the first 45 and not too happy with the second 45.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (8.2) who also had the most shots (6) and the most dribbles along with Felipe Anderson (3). The most tackles were made by Felipe Anderson (7).
- Team rating: 6.77 – 6.74
- Total shots: 25 – 6
- Shots on target: 5 – 4
- Possession: 57.1% – 42.9%
- Pass success: 82% – 74%
- Dribbles: 9 – 3
- Aerials won: 10 -14
- Tackles: 16 – 21
- Corners: 10 – 4
- Dispossessed: 14 – 4
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 13th in the Premier League with 27 points from 26 games, five points behind Leicester City in 12th and level on points with Brighton & Hove Albion in 14th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 17/02/2019 Doncaster Rovers (a)
- 23/02/2019 Leicester City (a)
- 27/02/2019 Manchester United (h)