- DATE – 4th May 2019
- VENUE – Cardiff City Stadium
- CROWD – 32,133
- OFFICIAL – Michael Oliver
- CARDS – none
- GOALS – Zaha (28), Kelly (OG, 31), Batshuayi (40), Townsend (70), Cordova-Reid (90)
- STAR EAGLE – Andros Townsend (9.0)
The final away game of the season ends in all too familiar fashion, another three points after an excellent attacking performance. While we can question the lack of excitement at home this season, the away form has been sparkling with plenty of quick paced, skillful performances that has downed a number of teams of all different abilities. This was just another which ended up sending the hosts back down to the Championship after being yet another side unable to cope with this Palace side who is far more suited to playing away from home. The pace, trickery and clinical finishing is a far cry from what we see at Selhurst but it has certainly been something to celebrate this season.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (7.0) – Making crucial saves at crucial times, more than proved his status as the number one at the club and looking forward for more of the same next season from the Spaniard.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (6.8) – The Player of the Season continued to do what he does best, making opposition players look very ordinary by stopping everything that comes his way.
6 SCOTT DANN (6.9) – It’s easy to forget that this is a backup centre back pairing performing admirably since losing Sakho and Tomkins. The only down side is Dann can be beaten for pace at times but his ability in the air and experienced head makes up for that.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.7 – OWN GOAL!) – With Palace taking the lead and looking comfortable, Kelly hates Brighton so much that he tried to take matters into his own hands by putting through his own net. Apart from that, it was a pretty faultless display from him.
2 JOEL WARD (6.6) – Back in the side to replace an out of form PVA and justified his inclusion with another reliable showing even though he was asked to perform on the opposite side to where he is used to.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.7) – A surprise inclusion in the starting eleven but the Swansea man had added incentive against his parent clubs arch rivals, proved his start with a good performance. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (5.9) on 78 minutes for some much needed fresh legs as the German slotted into position to see the game out.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.6) – Always involved in the heart of midfield with the usual solid challenges and laying off the ball with simple passes.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (8.0 – ASSIST!) – You always know what you are going to get from the Scotsman, a hard working effort which included an assist along with a clearance off the line.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (9.0 – ASSIST! GOAL!) – Back in the starting eleven and back to form with an assist and a goal from distance after saying during the week he needed to add more goals to his game. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (5.9) on 84 minutes who was poor in possession during his short time on the pitch.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (8.3 – GOAL!) – With boos ringing in his ears, he responded as he always does, with a goal and an excellent all round performance. Not quite sure what we will do without him if he does end up leaving the club in the summer.
23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (7.6 – GOAL!) – Hardly involved and then chipped in with a goal which saw him come to life and should really have added to his tally. Replaced by 26 BAKARY SAKO (5.9) on 73 minutes with little time to have an impact.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 3 Patrick van Aanholt, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 21 Connor Wickham
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON – “We scored three good goals and created some good opportunities aside from that – their goalkeeper made some outstanding blocks. It’s never easy coming to a team fighting for their lives once your own safety is secured. We showed some good quality. Away from home it’s been different, we’ve taken our chances much better, scored some very good goals and we do find when we play away from home that the game opens up more. Teams have shown respect to us this year and don’t leave many gaps. We still believe Selhurst Park is an excellent ground to have as a home ground and I hope next season we get as many home points as we manage to get away.”
NEIL WARNOCK – “The fans knew when I took over the club was in a mess, it’s been reborn – everybody is singing from the same hymn sheet. They know we’ve given it our best. We had some great chances in the second half. The Chelsea result killed us, that night in the dressing room. It was really low that night, they have kept fighting so I have no complaints. The problems we have had to put up with throughout the season, I have nothing but praise for everybody. It makes such a difference when you hear the crowd.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Andros Townsend (9.0) who also had the most shots along with Michy Batshuayi (5). The most tackles were made by Nathaniel Medez-Laing (7) while Wilfried Zaha (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.68 – 7.07
- Total shots: 18 – 21
- Shots on target: 8 – 7
- Possession: 39.2% – 60.8%
- Pass success: 63% – 76%
- Dribbles: 7 – 15
- Aerials won: 33 – 26
- Tackles: 22 – 14
- Corners: 10 – 5
- Dispossessed: 9 – 9
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 12th with 46 points from 37 games, three points behind West Ham United in 11th and a point ahead of Bournemouth in 13th.
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