- DATE – 27th April 2019
- VENUE – Selhurst Park
- CROWD – 25,789
- OFFICIAL – Lee Mason
- CARDS – Milivojevic, Kouyate
- GOALS – none
- STAR EAGLE – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (8.2)
Not much to say about this game other than this was a performance that secured a point rather than push on and go for the win. Having said that, this game was desparate for some wing play but the rigid and narrow four man midfield just about did the job against a visiting side that are pushing for a seventh placed finish. Too often we have bemoaned the naivety of the side at home when they have struggled to break down teams that have returned home with all three points but this game really did look like two teams playing out the end of the season with nothing much to play for. Having said that, this is a Palace side that have worked hard to be safe in plenty of time in what has been a quite odd season. Two games to go and we can all have a break, whether we like it or not.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (7.3) – Kicking is a problem but he more than makes up for that in almost every other area. Made a quite brilliant and crucial save in the second half which ensured the point.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (8.2) – Made a couple of mistakes in this one but that is more noticable when his performances have been so good this season, still head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch though.
6 SCOTT DANN (7.2) – Solid as ever in the back line when under pressure and rolling back the years to the defender we were always so reliant on.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.6) – Dann’s partner in crime who together dealt with everything that the opposition threw at them with blocks and tackles.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.5) – One fantastic tackle in the area which could have gone all wrong but needs to work on the basics as he is a long way off the player we know he is.
7 MAX MEYER (7.0) – Going forward he was very good but struggled defensively which ultimately led to his substitution. Had one good chance but took on the shot himself rather than square the ball. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.5) on 72 minutes who got involved quickly and provided a much needed outlet out wide but could not find that final ball.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.4 – BOOKED!) – Unlucky to find himself in the book considering the challenges the visitors were making and was on the rough end of things on more than one occassion but led my example in the middle as he usually does.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.4) – Worked tirelessely up and down the pitch as part of a central midfield four. Picked up the ball and drve forward at every opportunity.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7.3 – BOOKED!) – Used his strength and height well but was unable to use his usual drive in the midfield to run with the ball but proved an integral part of the side in securing the point.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.4) – Other than one trademark run out wide, he found it difficult to influence the game as he would like, particularly in his role supporting Benteke up front. He is far better out wide and this was a game crying out for some width.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.9) – One good early chance but found himself battling with the visiting centre backs for most of the game giving as good as he got.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 2 Joel Ward, 44 Jairo Reidewald, 26 Bakary Sako, 14 Jordan Ayew, 23 Michy Batshuayi
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON – “I’m pleased to get a point. I must give the players a lot of credit for sticking at their task and showing character. I’m a little disappointed that today, after the euphoria of last week’s result, we didn’t come here and put on a splendid show. But football gives you those type of games. It wasn’t for lack of trying.”
MARCO SILVA – “No doubt we were the best team on the pitch. We deserved the three points. From the first minute, we tried everything. We had chances to score but we have to be more clinical. It’s something we keeping working to achieve. The most important thing is that we did everything. The connections between the players are coming more easily.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Aaron Wan-Bissaka (8.2) while Dominic Calvin-Lewin (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Cheikhou Kouyate (5) as Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.04 – 6.70
- Total shots: 8 – 22
- Shots on target: 0 – 3
- Possession: 36% – 64%
- Pass success: 65% – 80%
- Dribbles: 13 – 3
- Aerials won: 24 – 18
- Tackles: 22 – 20
- Corners: 5 – 10
- Dispossessed: 13 – 11
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 12th in the Premier League with 43 points from 36 games, three points behind West Ham United in 11th and a point ahead of Newcastle United in 13th.
- 04/05/2019 Cardiff City (a)
- 12/05/2019 Bournemouth (h)