CRYSTAL PALACE 2-0 NORWICH CITY
The Eagles saw out the second month of the season with a good performance and a deserved three points to keep the unbeaten record at home in tact.
28th September 2019
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
To be confirmed
Jon Moss took control of this fixture and was assisted by Marc Perry and Simon Bennett with Tony Harrington as the fourth official. The VAR was Peter Bankes who was assisted by Peter Kirkup.
Bookings – Ayew (57), Steipermann (63), Schlupp (88), Milivojevic (93)
Milivojevic (12 pen), Townsend (91)
Gary Cahill and Martin Kelly, as voted for by our Twitter followers.
The Eagles took all three points in a manner that showed they had clearly learnt from the draw with Wolves. Even if the second goal to kill of the game came late on, it was more the in game management that was satisyfying with sensible changes at good stages while there was plenty of thought by the players on the pitch to protect the lead. This was an important win with a tough run of fixtures coming up but this side are capable of surprising the top sides as has already been shown this season. More importantly, Palace remain unbeaten at home in the Premier League after two wins and two draws.
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The first check was on the penalty award which was rightly verified. Palace could have had a second moments later for what looked a foul on Zaha but the check did not over-rule Moss who had already waved away the protests.
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.
“Unlike the three previous home games, we started at a much higher tempo and remained on the front foot for most of the first half. Norwich only really threatened to score during the final fifteen minutes of the half. The second half was in the main comfortable although one could sense the fans anxiety as we approached added time. However, Roy made key substitutions with the right personnel replacements at exactly the right time. Our game management to see out the result was much improved and as a result we were rewarded with a second goal to confirm the win.
In my opinion, it was Wilf’s best performance this season which was capped by an excellent assist for Townsend’s goal. Ironically, in a 2-0 home win, the two standout players were defenders. The much underrated Martin Kelly proved a very worthy replacement for Mamadou Sakho but above all the leadership and composure of Gary Cahill was a joy to watch for any fan or coach. He is fast becoming one of the signings of the season in the Premier League. With Luka Milivojevic suspended for the game at West Ham, a strong case could be made to hand the skipper’s arm band temporarily to Cahill. Overall, a very professional team performance. Seven more wins!”
31 VICENT GUAITA (7) – Not called upon often but made the saves when required. Struggled with kicking which was more to do with receiving the ball directly onto his left foot.
2 JOEL WARD (7) – After the howler against Wolves, hardly put a foot wrong and made one crunching challenge which got the crowd to their feet.
34 MARTIN KELLY (7) – Returned to the first eleven in the absence of Sakho and carried on from where he left off. Will be hard to replace based on this showing.
24 GARY CAHILL (7) – The signing of the former Chelsea centre back is slowly proving to be one of the best for the club in recent years. His clear leadership skills have been particularly impressive.
3 PATRICK VAN ANNHOLT (6) – Better game for the Dutchman even if it had something to do with Cahill talking him through the ninety minutes. Still strayed out of position too often and frustratingly showing the opposition inside. Well supported by Kouyate and Schlupp.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7 – BOOKED!) – Hodgson commented on him going about his game without much fuss, so much so that fans do not see what he brings. This game proved just what he does, lively going forward and works hard to protect the back line.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7) – This guy just runs and runs and runs. Fouled for the penalty and had a very good all round game. Replaced by 22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) on 79 minutes to provide some much needed fresh legs but looking forward to when we have to call on the Irishman.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Full of running and provided plenty of support to both the attack and defence. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7 – GOAL!) on 70 minutes who gave the visitors something else to think about. Took his chance well.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (8 – GOAL! BOOKED!) – A pretty eventful 100th appearance for the club by marking it with a goal from the spot but also with a fifth booking of the season which puts him out of the visit to West Ham.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (8 – ASSIST!) – After impressing against Wolves last weekend, this was his best game of the season. Kept going at the opposition back line and also chased back to support the defence. Excellent assist for the goal that secured all three points.
9 JORDAN AYEW (6 – BOOKED!) – Continued his good season so far with another lively performance as the lone striker. He has made the role his own since signing for the club permanently. All that is missing is hitting the back of the net more regularly but this is progress. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6) on 90 minutes who made a valuable contribution with a great ball to Zaha who did the rest before Townsend slotted home.
13 Wayne Hennessey, 5 James Tomkins, 6 Scott Dann, 17 Christian Benteke
21 Fahrmann (replaced by 33 McGovern on 22 minutes), 2 Aarons, 24 Amadou, 4 Godfrey, 12 Lewis, 10 Leitner, 23 McLean, 17 Buendia, 18 Stiepermann (replaced by 20 Drmic on 66 minutes), 14 Cantwell (replaced by 7 Roberts on 81 minutes), 22 Pukki
Substitutes not used – 3 Byram, 5 Hanley, 32 Srbeny, 35 Idah
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “We started brilliantly and really looked like taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Norwich came back at us, they are a good team, but we tightened up in the second half and got the balance right. It would have been a tough final five minutes. I think we would have done a better job after last week’s final five minutes. To see us take a short corner was reassuring but it was nice when the second goal went in and I honestly didn’t think they would score two goals.”
DANIEL FARKE – “We are disappointed with this result, but small mistakes and small details make the difference. With so many players injured it’s difficult to dominate a game. You have to help yourself when you’re on the front foot. Each and every game is important, today we have to return without points. Of course our concern is the injury situation, there’s a danger for a broken elbow for Jamal Lewis today. The only way is hard work to get the points..”
The Who Scored man of the match was Luka Milivojevic (8.1) while the most shots were from Wilfried Zaha (4). The most tackles were by Luka Milivojevic (6) as the most dribbles were by Wilfried Zaha (6).
- Team rating: 7.06 – 6.32
- Total shots: 15 – 10
- Shots on target: 3 – 3
- Possession: 44.8% – 55.2%
- Pass success: 80% – 83%
- Dribbles: 11 – 9
- Aerials won: 15 – 10
- Tackles: 19 – 17
- Corners: 5 – 5
- Dispossessed: 13 – 9
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 9th in the Premier League with 11 points from 7 games, level on points with Arsenal in 8th and two points ahead of Burnley in 10th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
05/10/2019 West Ham United (a)
19/10/2019 Manchester City (h)
27/10/2019 Arsenal (a)