It is back to earth with an almighty thump after the events of the weekend as the Eagles were unceremoniously dumped out of the League Cup at the hands of League Two opposition.
27th August 2019
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
No-one seems to know
Andy Woolmer took charge of the game with assistants Mark Russell and Daniel Leach while Paul Yates was the fourth official.
Gary Cahill (69) received a booking.
It was clear from the starting line up the approach Roy Hodgson was taking for this competition and while some would perhaps agree, this was a side that should have done enough to get past League Two opposition. The fact was, other than a few decent individual performances, the visitors were underestimated and they took full advantage of that.
Our poll in build up the tie proved that fans would like the club to take a cup competition seriously and go on a run – the taste of Wembley a few years back is still fresh and we want more. Shame that a fair share of the players don’t seem to want the same with what proved to be a disappointing hangover from the weekend.
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6) – Had very little to do but did not give any confidence that he would make any saves in the penalty shoot out.
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (7) – Emergency full back for the evening and much needed game time for the Dutchman whose Palace career has become stagnent and with the recently recruited additions to the midfield, it is looking like it will remain that way, unless playing in defence is an option.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6) – Clear that the former Liverpool defender is ahead of Dann in the pecking order and replaced by 24 GARY CAHILL (6) on 45 minutes. The duo are expected to be Hodgson’s first choice centre back pairing in the absence of Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins so managing them through this game without any concern was key.
6 SCOTT DANN (7) – Solid enough display at the heart of the defence but that should be the case against lower league opposition.
35 SAM WOODS (7) – First team debut for the young defender who slotted into an unatural right back slot but showed plenty of ambition. Good chance to score too.
22 JAMES MCCARTHY (7) – Making his first start for the club and gave a number of glimpses why he was brought in. Good with the ball at his feet and looks to make ground wherever possible.
23 VICTOR CAMARASA (8 – SCORED PEN!) – Impressive debut from the Spaniard who could push Max Meyer for a Premier League start on this showing with the German seemingly out of form.
7 MAX MEYER (6) – Has plenty of support as the fan base as a whole pretty much want him to succeed with the Eagles but has not done enough to prove his worth of a starting place. Replaced by 9 JORDAN AYEW (6 – SCORED PEN!) on 73 minutes in an effort to provide a much needed goal threat but struggled to create anything.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6 – MISSED PEN!) – Will be remembered for missing the penalty that led to the cup exit and not a lot else. Started the season slowly and struggling to really create an awful lot for the forwards.
21 CONNOR WICKHAM (6) – Just when we need a striker to show some natural goalscoring ability, the former Ipswich man looked rusty and generally struggled. Replaced by 11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6 – SCORED PEN!) on 63 minutes who got involved straight away but failed to provide that one spark needed to settle the tie.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7 – SCORED PEN!) – Looked like he had broken the deadlock with an effort that came down off the bar only to be ruled not a goal by goal-line technology. Did not really work alongside Wickham and looked more himself when Zaha came on, but you’d expect to powerful strikers to link up well.
19 Stephen Henderson, 8 Cheikhou Kouyate, 37 Nya Kirby, 38 Nikola Tavares
1 Gerken, 2 Jackson, 18 Eastman, 5 Prosser, 21 Clampin, 7 Senior, (11 Cowan-Hall 90), 14 Comley, 24 Stevenson (27 Chilvers 77), 26 Gambin (10 Brown 80), 45 Nouble, 9 Norris. Substitutes not used: 17 James, 19 Kensdale, 29 Ross, 49 Poku
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “We sign players, believe in them and believe that when they get their chance they will shine. You can’t do more than give them a chance to come in and shine and there will be some who aren’t happy with their performance. But the bottom line is if we can’t start scoring goals it will be difficult for us and that is because we don’t create or take our chances, so as a result you are never sheltered.”
JOHN MCGREAL – “We are big on academy products. We have a young boy coming through at right-back, Chilvers comes on, he has been training with us for a good year and has little bit of snippets of playing. Little did I know, I see him pick the ball up and take the fifth penalty, fair play to the lad.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Benteke (7.9) who shared the most shots with Luke Norris (4). The most tackles were made by James McCarthy (4) who also shared the most dribbles with Andros Townsend, Courtney Senior and Luke Gambin (2).
- Team rating: 6.74 – 6.78
- Total shots: 11 – 11
- Shots on target: 4 – 2
- Possession: 67.3% – 32.7%
- Pass success: 87% – 75%
- Dribbles: 8 – 4
- Aerials won: 17 – 16
- Tackles: 14 – 18
- Corners: 3 – 7
- Dispossessed: 15 – 10
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