Premier League Statistics: Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace
- DATE – 23rd February 2019
- VENUE – King Power Stadium
- CROWD – 31,778
- REFEREE – Anthony Taylor
- CARDS – McArthur, Ndidi, Schmeichel
- GOALS – Batshuayi (40), Evans (64), Zaha (70, 90), Milivojevic (81 pen)
- STAR EAGLE – Wilfried Zaha (8.3)
This was a result that threw all the statistics out of the window as a clinical counter attacking away performance from the Eagles saw them return to South London with all three points. The scoreline is convincing, the performance was not but the hosts had no answer for the pace and trickery that the Palace attack possessed. Setting up the opportunity to take the win was another hard working defensive showing from the back line and as a unit from front to back. At this stage in the season, performances do not particularly matter, it is the results that count as we quickly head towards the run in.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6.9) – The only trouble that caused the Spaniard real problems was in his shorts! But on a serious note, his decision making is excellent which makes the backline in front of him look very comfortable.
2 JOEL WARD (7.2) – Started slowly but grew into the game and when up against a young winger there was a thought he may struggle but he stood firm in the face of his side of the pitch being clearly targetted early on.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.3) – How West Ham let this guy leave is a complete mystery but their loss really has been our gain as all the time he stays fit, this is the type of game we have grown to expect from him. Highlight was a superb tackle in the area which left the hosts convinced they should have had a penalty but replays clearly showed it was a perfectly timed challenge.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.7) – Solid and dependable as ever but ended up suffering with the knee that has been troubling him of late rather innocuously. His surge forward from defence played a big part in the crucial second goal. Replaced by 6 SCOTT DANN (6.2) on 77 minutes who slotted in alongside Tomkins without any drama.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.7) – Found the added support of Zaha in front of him a real boost and played his part in a terrific defensive display. Still giving the ball away a little too cheaply but he was not the only one guilty of that in this win.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (8.2) – Fouled for the penalty after some good play out wide. Used his pace to good effect when the Palace midfield found it hard going at times with minimal possession.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.9 – GOAL!) – Deadly from the penalty spot which racked up his 20th Premier League goal which is staggering considering he only joined the club in January 2017. The Serb is so much more than just a penalty taker though, his influence in the heart of the Palace midfield is crucial and showed once again in this win.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.9 – BOOKED! TWO ASSISTS!) – With many fans questioning why Meyer is not starting at the expense of the Scotsman, three assists in two games is the perfect retort. Was everywhere and his speculative shot was finished off by the outstretched leg of Batshuayi while some good feet and cross to Zaha was his contribution to the second goal.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.5) – It is said every week but Andros worked tirelessly once again but looked leggy as the game wore on. Linked up well with Ward who he helped protect as much as possible. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.2) on 80 minutes who helped shut the game down to ensure the win.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (8.3 – TWO GOALS!) – We have our Wilf back! Not sure we have seen him work as hard defensively before as he helped Van Aanholt keep the hosts at bay in the first half. As time went by, his influence grew on the game and scored two excellently taken goals.
23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (8.0 – GOAL!) – First Premier League start for the Eagles and grabbed a goal which was deserved after all his efforts as the lone striker. Not many expected such a work rate from the Belgian but he showed it by hounding the opposition throughout. Replaced by 14 JORDAN AYEW (6.9 – ASSIST!) on 86 minutes who picked the pocket of Harry Maguire to set up Zaha for a cheeky fourth to rub salt in the hosts wounds.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 7 Max Meyer, 17 Christian Benteke
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “It was a very important victory, we dug in extremely well and did not concede many clear-cut chances. I was really pleased with the way we established control in the second half and put away our chances. You do need to maximise the chances that come your way.”
CLAUDE PUEL: “We made a good performance in the first half with good chances and good play, and then conceded the first goal with their first shot. It was difficult to find a solution because they played and blocked but we tried a lot of good moves. We came back with desire in the second half but after the second goal we did not manage the game right. It was difficult to have structure and stop the counter attack.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (8.3) as James Maddison (9) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Wilfred Ndidi (5) while Harvey Barnes (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.40 – 7.20
- Total shots: 27 – 7
- Shots on target: 5 – 5
- Possession: 65.3% – 34.7%
- Pass success: 85% – 72%
- Dribbles: 14 – 6
- Aerials won: 24 – 21
- Tackles: 21 – 14
- Corners: 8 – 3
- Dispossessed: 9 – 15
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 13th in the Premier League with 30 points from 27 games, two points behind Leicester in 12th and level with Burnley in 14th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 27/02/2019 Manchester United (h)
- 02/03/2019 Burnley (a)
- 09/03/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion (h)