TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
The two week break looks to have come at the wrong time for the Eagles as they turned in a poor showing against a Tottenham side who proved a point after an inconsistent start to the season.
14th September 2019
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 782 High Road, Tottenham, London N17 0BX
Craig Pawson took charge of the match assisted by Ian Hussin and Richard West while Michael Salisbury was the fourth official. The VAR was Jon Moss with assistant Eddie Smart.
Winks (45), Rose (50), Vertonghen (53), Eriksen (60), Ayew (61), Ward (89), Milivojevic (90)
Son (10, 23), van Aanholt (OG 21), Lamela (42)
This was a disappointing performance by the Eagles in a game that many thought that they would test the hosts. That was far from the case as it was a one sided affair in a short first half spell that effectively sealed the game. It was damage limitation from there on in and while opportunities came Palace’s way during the second half, the result was already decided.
There is always hope ahead of fixtures against the top six, but Palace are never going to always have their own way but the players did not do themselves any justice. It was a real off day with the back line and midfield playing like they did not know each other. We move on to two winnable home games and file this under ‘one of those days’.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
Other than each goal being reviewed as is standard use of the VAR since being introduced, it was a relatively quiet time for Jon Moss at Stockley Park.
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.
“The game reminded me of Arsenal away two seasons ago. As a contest, both were effectively over by the 25th minute. A combination of opposition ruthlessness and our defensive ineptitude produced similar outcomes with only a semblance of pride to play for in the second half.
Not one player produced a performance worthy to be proud of and highlighted the weaknesses which do regularly surface in our squad. Firstly, in my opinion, Roy Hodgson has a critical decision to make at centre back. Tomkins/Sakho, Cahill/Sakho, or a Tomkins/Cahill pairing? Do both Gary Cahill and Mamadou Sakho look more comfortable as the left sided centre back? Additionally, not a surprise to many who watch our games closely but maybe the absence of James McArthur and his ability to ensure we hunt the ball down remorselessly as a midfield pack was a factor.
Ultimately, whatever the reasons, it was a bad day at the office and we need to reset quickly with two key home games on the horizon.”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (5) – A very good save down low right at the start of the second half to prevent more damage but was cruelly exposed for the goals.
2 JOEL WARD (6 – BOOKED!) – Struggled with being left unprotected by the midfield in front of him, as did the whole back line for much of this game. First time this season that it is clear his lack of pace will be a problem at times.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (5) – Back in the starting line up but looked extremely rusty and lacking match fitness. Big question is, who is the first choice centre back pairing at the club? A decision that Roy will need to make.
24 GARY CAHILL (6) – Tried desparately to keep things together and arguably the only player from the back line that comes out of this result with any credit. Needs to forge a partnership with Sakho quickly if this is one that will be seen at the centre of defence more often than not this season.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (5 – OWN GOAL!) – Unlucky with the own goal but after committing to a challenge he was always chasing back to make the block. After putting in some good performances this season, this was a throw back to his form from last season.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – Very quiet against his former employers and struggled to get forward as much as he would normally like. Replaced by 23 VICTOR CAMARASA (6) on 85 minutes to see out the game.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6 – BOOKED!) – Another yellow card for the captain in the dying minutes but he found it hard work in the midfield with very little support. Clear for all to see that he missed the industrious James McArthur alongside him.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – The performance from the midfield quartet was poor as they were overran for large parts of the game and that included the Senegelese international. Replaced by 22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) on 76 minutes who had little time to make an impact with the game long gone.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) – Found it difficult to influence the game and get forward to support the attack. Looked lost along with most of his teammates in the midfield.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) – One good effort in the second half but straight down the throat of the keeper. Showed glimpses but not enough, hardly saw the ball in the opening third of the game which is a time where we must be bringing him into the game more.
9 JORDAN AYEW (6 – BOOKED!) – Pretty much marked out of the game and was not allowed the time and space that he has seen in recent games. Big claim for a penalty but it would have been a harsh award. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) on 71 minutes who looked to get involved, one good opportunity did not test the keeper. Still looks void of any real confidence that would make him recognisable as a striker.
13 Wayne Hennessey, 5 James Tomkins, 7 Max Meyer, 44 Jairo Riedewald
1 Lloris, 24 Aurier, 4 Alderweireld, 5 Vertonghen, 3 Rose (replaced by Davies on 76 minutes), 17 Sissoko, 8 Winks (replaced by 28 Ndombele on 67 minutes), 11 Lamela, 23 Eriksen, 7 Son Heung-Min, 10 Kane (replaced by 27 Lucas Moura on 85 minutes). Subs not used: 22 Gazzaniga, 12 Wanyama, 15 Dier, 20 Alli.
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “It’s one of those games that we will just have to write off and learn from and hold our hands up and admit we were beaten by a better team. We came here hoping to play as well as they played and we weren’t capable of that. We found ourselves staring down the barrel of a gun at half-time but fortunately the scoreline wasn’t aggravated in the second half and we have been beaten 4-0. The fact is we mustn’t get carried away with results. For us, it’s going to be a very long, hard fight to stay in this league and there will be plenty of games like this where we play teams with power and intensity.”
MAURICIO POCHETTINO – “Today’s performance showed when you focus and concentrate and you are on the same page, working to the same objective, the quality is there. This is the first step. We need to improve a lot, we need to be consistent. The first half was like a recovery to make our fans feel proud of us.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Son-Heung Min (9.4) who also had the most shots (5). The most tackles were made by Luka Milivojevic (4) as Wilfried Zaha (4) had the most dribbles
- Team rating: 7.41 – 6.07
- Total shots: 13 – 11
- Shots on target: 5 – 6
- Possession: 64% – 36%
- Pass success: 88% – 77%
- Dribbles: 8 – 8
- Aerials won: 21 – 15
- Tackles: 14 – 15
- Corners: 4 – 3
- Dispossessed: 11 – 12
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 12th in the Premier League wth 7 points from 5 games, level with Everton in 11th and a point ahead of Norwich City in 13th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
22/09/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
28/09/2019 Norwich City (h)
05/10/2019 West Ham United (a)