Crystal Palace have kicked off their 2019/20 Premier League campaign with an anything but boring draw against Everton. The Eagles, after a tough summer, earned themselves a hard-earned point against a side who is likely to be pushing for the European places this season.
10th August 2019
Crystal Palace: Max Meyer (37) and Luka Milivojevic (54).
Everton: Bernard (51), Morgan Schneiderlin (51)
Crystal Palace: None
Everton: Morgan Schneiderlin (75) after a second bookable offence.
Jordan Ayew, as voted for by our Twitter followers. He put in a spirited performance, where he worked hard even if a little impotent upfront but impressed nonetheless.
A performance that most had not expected and while it was a first point on the board in the opening weekend of the Premier League, it could well have been all three. A stubborn defensive display without Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins was the foundation for the rest of the team to push on and there were a number of good chances that went begging. If we were offered a point before the game, no doubt we would have taken it but plenty of positives to take from the game including an excellent atmosphere to kick off a brand new season.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
There was not much in the way of stoppages for VAR but there was one in the 36th minute for a red card check on James McArthur (or so it was suggested), but as it turned out it was a challenge by Luka Milivojevic on Bernard. It was not clear what it was for or who it was against at the time which adds to the confusion to everyone in the ground.
BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.
“Whilst walking to the ground from Selhurst station just after 2pm, you could feel a degree of apprehension amongst the Palace supporters. The starting eleven, home record since promotion in 2013 and against a club whose aspirations are a top six finish were all genuine concerns.
However, never underestimate Roy’s meticulous preparation on the training ground. We were set up to draw the sting from Everton’s attacking threat. The Sigurðsson opportunity early doors aside, Everton rarely threatened. During the first half, our back four defended deep to reduce the space for Everton’s pace to exploit. Our two full backs hardly crossed the halfway line.
The whole tactical set up was narrow from back to front. The second half became a slow burner towards becoming a constant attacking threat. We pressed higher up the pitch and the two full backs gave Palace more offensive width, especially down the left. Everton were on the back foot, with the Eagles unfortunately spurning two good goal scoring opportunities.
Overall, a draw is probably a fair outcome, particularly after the speculation and rumours over the summer. The result should prove to be a good base to build upon. In summary, a typical Roy [Hodgson] all round team performance with honourable mentions for Jordan Ayew, Martin Kelly and Joel Ward.”
13 VICENTE GUAITA (7) – A great save to keep the scoreline level and commanded his area well when required. Struggled with kicking in what were blustery conditions.
2 JOEL WARD (7) – Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] who? The defender that is just shy of 200 club appearances and seven years on from making his debut for the club, the former Pompey man was as reliable as ever.
6 SCOTT DANN (7) – A guilty party at Selhurst a week ago, but it only matters in competitive football. This was another very good central defensive partnership from the back-up duo.
34 MARTIN KELLY (7) – Terrific showing in the heart of defence from the former Liverpool man, putting to bed the mauling at the hands of Hertha Berlin in the final pre-season friendly.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – A position of weakness, more so than at right back on this showing but he did contribute to the clean sheet. We are hoping he has a better season than last.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6 – BOOKED) – Celebrated a new contract with a captain’s performance but found it hard to get his eye in with a few wayward passes. On the end of a late challenge which saw the visitors reduced to ten men but subject of a VAR check himself for a challenge on Bernard.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7) – One poor pass almost blotted what was a very good performance from the Scotsman. Highlight was a brilliant crunching challenge in the middle of the park.
7 MAX MEYER (7 – BOOKED) – Full ninety minutes for the German, who showed plenty of nice touches but very limited when playing out wide. Needs to be more central but put in a good showing regardless. Linked up well with Ayew and Benteke on some good attacking moves.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7) – A little off the pace and appeared to be a candidate to be replaced as the game wore on but managed to keep his place. Kept working but struggled to have much of an impact.
9 JORDAN AYEW (8) – The number nince shirt looks to have reinvigorated the Ghanaian striker after a good showing at the AFCON in the summer. Worked hard throughout and always looked likely to create something. Understandably disappointed when substituted. Replaced by 11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) on 65 minutes, who entered the fray to a rapturous welcome after what has been a tough week. Got himself into the game and caused plenty of problems for the opposition defence.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7) – A promising start to the season, for a man who showed plenty of energy, held the ball up well and won a number of headers. Looks fit, healthy and up for the challenge of a new season. Replaced by 21 CONNOR WICKHAM (6) on 83 minutes, who had little time to get involved in the action.
8 Cheikhou Kouyate, 13, Wayne Hennessey, 22 James McCarthy, 23 Victor Camarasa, 24 Gary Cahill
1 Pickford, 23 Coleman, 5 Keane, 13 Mina, 12 Digne, 18 Schneiderlin, 21 Andre Gomes (25 Gbamin 45), 7 Richarlison, 10 Sigurdsson (Davies 79), 20 Bernard, 9 Calvert-Lewin (27 Kean 69).
Subs not used: 2 Holgate, 11 Walcott, 14 Tosun, 49 Lossl
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “Wilfried Zaha did quite well, he did what we hoped he would do – create opportunities, put Max Meyer in, a couple of times he had to be bundled off the ball at the last minute. Of course, when you have been away for three weeks, he is such a natural phenomenon as an athlete but to get him back to full capacity will take him a week or two.”
MARCO SILVA – “It was a tough game, competitive as you would expect. We lost Andre Gomes to injury in the first half, we were controlling the game, creating moments – it is clear for me in some moments when you bring in new players they need time to adapt. Today was a good example. Our first half deserved something more. We lost some easy balls and if they did not happen we would have controlled the game until the end.”
The WhoScored man of the match was shared between Michael Keane and Yerry Mina (7.6) while Gylfi Sigurdsson (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by James McArthur (5) as Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha had the most dribbles
- Team rating: 6.85 – 6.57
- Total shots: 6 – 10
- Shots on target: 2 – 3
- Possession: 35.2% – 64.8%
- Pass success: 60% – 80%
- Dribbles: 7 – 5
- Aerials won: 30 – 18
- Tackles: 21 – 12
- Corners: 6 – 2
- Dispossessed: 8 – 12
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Does it really matter after one game? If it does, we’re sitting comfortably in mid-table (10th) and that is all you need to know.
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18/08/2019 Sheffield United (a)
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31/08/2019 Aston Villa (h)