CRYSTAL PALACE 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY
In what was expected to be a tough encounter, Palace lost their first home game in the league to a side that found their form in front of the television cameras under the Selhurst lights.
19th October 2019
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
REFEREE – Anthony Taylor
ASSISTANTS – Ian Hussin, Peter Kirkup, Jeremy Simpson (fourth official)
VAR – Kevin Friend, Adrian Holmes (assistant)
Bookings – Luka Milivojevic (12), Sterling (45),
Jesus (39), D Silva (41)
Wayne Hennessey as voted for by our Twitter followers.
This was a hard working team performance in which not all of the side were at the same level. Having said that, the opponents were a City side who were not at their best but clearly starting to find their form by knocking the ball around confidently. It looked like there would only be one result after the two quick goals but there was plenty of fighting spirit to prevent further goals and even to pull one back. The Eagles remain hard to beat and while the unbeaten home record has gone, this defeat was far from a disappointment as we head to the Emirates next weekend. Palace themselves are a side in good form and there were glimpses of that in this game.
The one in game referral was for what looked a push in the penalty area on Kevin de Bruyne by Wilfried Zaha who was desperately working hard on his defensive duties. Most in the ground were expecting it to be given but thankfully not, perhaps the way the Belgian went down with an element of exaggeration went against him.
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. This week the comments must come with a Caribbean beach bar disclaimer which is where Bob was watching the game from!
“After a few Carib beers at a Tobago beach whilst watching the game live, I concluded that overall City were a class above. I am not sure that Hennessey could have done much more with their two goals from such close range. Often the case when playing the really top teams that one goal conceded often brings another in quick succession. Although the game was effectively done and dusted by half-time, we certainly improved for spells during the second half. Today confirmed once again that Cahill remains one of our best 2-3 players of the season so far. Conversely, Luka sadly continues to look off the pace and another booking probably highlights his struggles to match the performances of last season. On the plus side, we remain in 6th place in the league with some easier games than City on the horizon!!”
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (7) – The combined sigh from fans on hearing the starting line up could have been heard for miles. It is perhaps harsh to compare him to Vicente Guaita, as he did a job in this game. Whether or not the Spaniard could have done better with either goal is simply hyperthetical. The Palace number two made a number of good saves but remains unconvincing at times.
2 JOEL WARD (6) – Stood firm against the fast paced attack he was up against and a well deserved pre-match salute to the full back courtesy of the Holmesdale Fanatics. Wan-Bissaka left a hole in the side when he moved to United in the summer but Ward has done a terrific job to ensure it is not as big as many expected.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6) – A first start of the season for the centre back and he looked shattered by the time he left the pitch. Replaced by 6 SCOTT DANN (6) on 83 minutes to give the back line some much needed fresh legs. Got caught out almost as soon as he entered the fray.
24 GARY CAHILL (7) – Only nine games in and he has racked up his fourth partner in the centre of the defence already but that did not effect his game one bit. There is no doubt that he has become our first choice centre back in such a short space of time which says a lot about his character and ability.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Just like Ward, PVA was up against an opposition that was quick but his pace helped and allowed him to continue his better form of late.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (5) – Deserved the chance to come back into the starting line up which was perhaps harsh on James McCarthy who played well in the win at West Ham. Another booking after returning from a ban may have effected the rest of his game as he appeared off the pace. Worth highlighting his cross field pass on the volley straight from a throw in though. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) on 76 minutes which was a bold move by Hodgson but he was almost immediately repayed as the Belgian fired in a belter of a header only to be spectacularly saved by Edison – what does this guy need to do to hit the back of the net?
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7) – Pretty quiet in the first half but grew into the game particularly in the second half with the changes in personnel allowing him to make more of an impact.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7) – Took a boot in the face for his troubles but this was a good game from him by covering a lot of ground and had one effort from distance that was not far off target after a good move.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (5) – Pretty anonymous in this one as the game passed him by but an early knock may have contributed. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) on 55 minutes who did not have the impact he has in recent games against far superior opposition.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) – Looked off his game and frustrated for much of this one but was influential in the late flurry of chances, particularly with one effort that forced a good save.
9 JORDAN AYEW (7) – Continues to prove that he is the number one choice as the lone striker for Palace. Held the ball up well and played in others but could not manufacture any real chances of note for himself.
19 Stephen Henderson, 7 Max Meyer, 22 James McCarthy, 44 Jairo Riedewald
31 Ederson, 27 Cancelo, 25 Fernandinho, 16 Rodri, 22 Mendy, 17 de Bruyne, 8 Gundogan, 21 Silva, 20 Bernardo Silva, 9 Gabriel Jesus, 7 Sterling
Substitutes note used – 1 Bravo, 5 Stones (for Silva 79), 10 Aguero, 12 Angelino, 26 Mahrez, 47 Foden (for de Bruyne 90), 50 Garcia
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “They were two very good goals, they had a lot of possession and pushed us back. I am pleased and proud of the way the players did not drop their heads – I take a lot of comfort from that. We are not in a bad place and we are not in a much worse place after today’s game. We could have been if we had collapsed. We have still got our hat pegged nicely in place and we have to accept sometimes we will come across a team as good as they were today. Wayne was excellent today, absolutely excellent. I was pleased because he’s had to wait for his chance because Vicente Guaita has been so good. He has been working hard in the background to show us he’s still a good goalkeeper and he showed us that today.”
PEP GUARDIOLA – “After the international break, to play at Selhurst Park and create a lot of chances was good. We played well but didn’t score too many – but we didn’t concede. We conceded chances at the end but Ederson made two incredible saves. It’s three points and we move forward. We enjoyed the second goal – it was nice, but in the Premier League we have to score the third and fourth because it was difficult in the end with the pressure.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Gabriel Jesus (8.8) who also had the most shots (8) and the most dribbles (5). The most tackles were made by Joao Cancelo (3).
- Team rating: 6.44 – 7.53
- Total shots: 7 – 21
- Shots on target: 2 – 10
- Possession: 28.7% – 71.3%
- Pass success: 75% – 88%
- Dribbles: 11 – 16
- Aerials won: 13 – 22
- Tackles: 14 – 12
- Corners: 1 – 8
- Dispossessed: 10 – 8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace remain 6th in the Premier League with 14 points from 9 games, a point behind Arsenal in 5th and two points ahead of Spurs in 7th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
27/10/2019 Arsenal (a)
03/11/2019 Leicester City (h)
09/11/2019 Chelsea (a)