- DATE – 30th March 2019
- VENUE – Selhurst Park
- CROWD – 25,193
- OFFICIAL – Lee Probert
- CARDS – none
- GOALS – Milivojevic (76 pen), van Aanholt (88)
- STAR EAGLE – Patrick van Aanholt (8.2)
Big three points but less said about the performance the better. To be honest, it is not really about how you play at this stage of the season, it is about getting the points on the board. There was plenty of pressure on the players with how the home form has been this season, but boos rang out at half time and during different stages of the game. TEB will never condone that kind of behaviour which smacks of entitlement. It just adds more pressure on the players who were clearly out of sorts. That is not the kind of support that we have come to love at Selhurst.
The starting line up was one that most fans have been crying out for in a while, but it did not work. There was a real lack of impact but credit must go to Roy Hodgson for making changes at crucial times in the game. There were plenty of chances but the finishing was woeful, which has been a consistent theme at home this season. Regardless, that is ten wins this season which many believe will be enough. With Cardiff, Newcastle and Bournemouth left the play, one or two more before the end of the season to ensure as high a finish as possible will be welcome, but 36 points from 31 games should be enough.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (8.0) – After a dodgy performance against Watford, this was an assured game between the sticks as the Spaniard pulled out saves at important stages of the game to keep the score level.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.2) – An early return from international duty was a concern but the young full back started the game and continued just where he had left off. Surely a certainty for both Player and Young Player of the Season.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.9) – Not been up to his usual standards of late but this was a solid showing in the heart of defence from the centre back who celebrated his birthday in the week.
6 SCOTT DANN (7.5) – Looked nervous on the ball and caught in possession a couple of times, perhaps a little rusty after a lengthy lay off, but you have to say Mamadou Sakho is a lot to live up to, even for Scott Dann.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (8.2 – GOAL!) – It has been a while since we have seen a decent game from the Dutchman but this will give him plenty of confidence. Took his goal very well which sealed the win for the Eagles and was regularly involved.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.9 – GOAL!) – Mr Reliable from the spot and while he was a lot quieter than usual in the middle, he still urged the team on which ended up paying dividends.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.1) – Terrible first half, found himself on the floor but had a great chance to score early on many so wanted him to. The change of boots helped (presuming that was the case) as he continued to work tirelessly for the cause, while staying on both feet.
7 MAX MEYER (6.9) – Disappointing half from the German who failed to stamp his authority on the game. Replaced by 18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.9) on 45 minutes whose infectious energy and usual battling qualities had a real impact throughout the second half.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.7) – Guilty of a couple of glaring misses but he never let his head drop once and continued his usual hard working performance. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.2) on 80 minutes who slotted in to provide more height into the midfield to see out the game.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.9 – TWO ASSISTS!) – Looked lethargic and carrying an injury but came into his own the longer game went on and his skill was key to winning the game. Had his standing leg taken away from him for the penalty but was another player guilty of a couple of very good chances in front of goal.
23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6.4) – Probably his worst game in a Palace shirt but he was still involved a lot. Struggled to hold up the ball and play teammates in at crucial stages. Another who fluffed a good chance when it would have been better to square the ball to Townsend. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.1) on 73 minutes who looked lively and won a couple of excellent headers by laying off to the on-rushing midfield.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 14 Jordan Ayew
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “I feel relief, the first half was nothing like what we wanted it to be. Fortunately they were not creating better goal chances but they had more of the ball and looked in control with us out of sorts. I must say at half-time things were looking bleak. We made a few tweaks and moved Wilf up front. The goal from the spot was a such a relief. In the end I’m happy we got the result. It lifts us to 36 points which, depending on results, might be a nice buffer from the bottom three.”
JAN SIEWERT: “It is hard to say what I am feeling, disappointment of course. It sums the season up that a penalty decides the direction. I haven’t counted but we’ve conceded maybe eight to ten penalties this season. When you go into the dressing room at half-time and get applause from the opponent you must have done something right. But it is not enough to win games in the Premier League. For me in life there is failure and success and it belongs together, as a club we have to learn from the failures.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Patrick van Aanholt (8.2) while Andros Townsend (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Max Meyer (4) while Alex Pritchard (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.19 – 6.42
- Total shots: 19 – 15
- Shots on target: 5 – 5
- Possession: 48.5% – 51.5%
- Pass success: 77% – 76%
- Dribbles: 11 – 10
- Aerials won: 26 – 14
- Tackles: 14 – 14
- Corners: 5 – 5
- Dispossessed: 7 – 14
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The Eagles are 13th in the table with 36 points from 31 games, a point ahead of Newcastle United in 14th and two points behind Bournemouth in 12th.
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