- DATE – 2nd March 2019
- VENUE – Turf Moor
- CROWD – 19,223
- OFFICIAL – Lee Probert
- CARDS – Meyer, Tomkins, Mee
- GOALS – Bardsley (OG 15), Bathuayi (48), Zaha (76), Barnes (90)
- STAR EAGLE – Wilfried Zaha (8.2)
No matter what you thought about the starting line up, there is no denying that Roy Hodgson got that and his tactics spot on. With three games in a week, it is sensible to make changes and we can certainly afford to with strong options waiting in the wings. The first half was not great but the opposition failed to score and Palace led at the break. Sometimes it’s not all about how you play. A 3-1 away win is certainly not to be sniffed at. The Premier League is difficult and travelling to take on a side level on points and not far away from the bottom three is tough but we returned home with all three points after an important win. Palace are now closer to the top ten than the bottom three and we can start to look up rather than down, as we should be with the talent in this squad.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7.0) – Plenty of questions why the Welshman started this game and while he looked indecisive for their consolation goal, he made two very good saves at different stages in the game.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (8.1 – ASSIST!) – Great to have the young defender back in the starting line up and no offence to Ward but the back line looked much stronger for it.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.9 – BOOKED!) – No nonsense performance and it is no surprise to see him switch back to the right side of the centre with Dann on the left, which clearly effected his game against United.
6 SCOTT DANN (7.0) – First Premier League start for 14 months and he slotted in well next to Tomkins with minimal fuss. There was a time when it was hard to envisage a Palace side without the centre back in it.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.7) – In the thick of the action with the opposition choosing to attack down his side of the pitch and the Dutcman stood firm for the most part. Had a great chance to score when the ball fell to him in the box but he fired over.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7.0 – ASSIST!) – Provided an important assist for the brilliant third after battling to keep possession of the ball but he was everywhere which fully justified his selection and return to the starting line up.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.6) – A quieter game by his standards but did the basics well and with Kouyate in the midfield they seem to compliment each other well. Good to see him get involved when Zaha was receiving some tough treatment.
7 MAX MEYER (6.5 – BOOKED!) – A start for the German that fans had been craving but he did not quite live up to expectations but still played his part. Struggled to get the ball moving like he wanted to and summed up his frustrations with a booking. Replaced by 18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.1) on 71 minutes who gave the side an outlet with his fresh legs.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.3 – ASSIST!) – Continuing his rich vein and form and thoroughly deserving his place in the side. It was his cut back into the box that led to the opening goal. Always looked to drive forward with pace and help out the back line.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (8.2 – GOAL!) – Just brilliant. Great to see him in such sparkling form and at a good time in the season. Was involved in most good that Palace did in this trick encounter and he just dazzled the opposition defence for the killer third goal. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.4) on 79 minutes with the game won, and not a bad change to be able to make as Townsend was full of running, even had a chance to add to scoreline.
26 MICHY BATSHUAYI (7.4 – GOAL!) – Good goal and should have added to his tally after finding himself with just the keeper to beat but for a heacy touch. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (5.8) on 83 minutes in a like for like switch to give the hosts something else to think about.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vicente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 14 Jordan Ayew
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “Sean has got the team very well disciplined, very well organised, and you know exactly what pressures you are going to be under. I thought we dealt with that extremely well throughout the game. By contrast, when we had the ball going forward I thought we looked pretty dangerous and the longer the game went on the more dangerous we got. To score three goals away from home against any team is a good performance, and to do it against a team of Burnley’s calibre with their quality of defending is even more so. I’m delighted with the team’s performance, and delighted it lifts us up that little bit higher in the table.”
SEAN DYCHE: “We know they break quickly but at crucial times we got caught out. It’s confusing when you look at the statistics – they make it look like a good performance but we know stats don’t win games. We’re still looking at the next game, we know these games are important. Most people are probably confused, Palace are a good side and most people are probably scratching their heads when they see them down there. We’ve done a lot of work on this run, we’ve had tough results before and responded. The next game is important to get back to our levels of performance.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (8.2) who also made the most dribbles (4). The most shots were from Ashley Barnes (6) while Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7) made the most tackles.
- Team rating: 6.35 – 6.92
- Total shots: 18 – 10
- Shots on target: 4 – 4
- Possession: 56.6% – 43.4%
- Pass success: 75% – 67%
- Dribbles: 3 – 12
- Aerials won: 30 – 26
- Tackles: 16 – 15
- Corners: 8 – 5
- Dispossessed: 10 – 10
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 13th in the Premier League with 33 points from 29 games, a point behind Bournemouth in 12th and two points ahead of Newcastle United in 14th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 09/03/2019 Brighton (h)
- 16/03/2019 Watford (a)
- 30/03/2019 Huddersfield Town (h)