A classy Leicester side did enough to take all three points away from Selhurst Park to inflict a second consecutive home defeat on the Eagles.
3rd November 2019
Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
REFEREE – Paul Tierney
ASSISTANTS – Harry Lennard, Ian Hussin, Graham Scott (fourth official)
VAR – Michael Oliver, Simon Bennett (assistant)
Bookings – Jonny Evans (48), Jeffrey Schlupp (54), James Tomkins (63), Caglar Soyunchu (80)
Caglar Soyunchu (57), Jamie Vardy (88)
Joel Ward as voted for by our Twitter followers.
Palace were mediocre against a very good Leicester side who have arguably been the best team to visit Selhurst Park this season, and are just the second to take away all the points. A defensive lapse lead to the opening goal and while the Eagles huffed and puffed, they really did not threaten the visitors goal over the course of the game. Palace really needed to be on top form to take on the Foxes but unfortunately, that was not the case. Perhaps it is a case that we have found our level eleven games into the season. Still, six more wins required.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
No referral of note in this game.
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 result today hinged on us defending poorly at a corner kick. Missing the ball as first man combined with a lost marker provided a gift for Leicester’s first goal. From there on in it was a struggle to lay a glove on the Leicester defence. Tactically, especially in the first half, it was a good contest between two experienced managers but that first goal was always going to be critical to the final outcome. Make no mistake, Leicester are a very good team probably destined for a top four finish. Well organised from back to front with players who creatively can cause damage in the final third. For Palace conversely we huffed and puffed offensively – James McArthur, Joel Ward and Gary Cahill get honourable mentions today. However, too many players were below par to deserve the three points.”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6) – A return to the starting line up and made a handful of good saves. Could do nothing with either goal.
2 JOEL WARD (7) – Another good performance from the right back in what has been a new lease of life for the 30 year old.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6) – Lost his man for the opening goal but made a fantastic saving challenge on Vardy in the area. Big question mark as to whether his partnership with Cahill is working.
24 GARY CAHILL (6) – A few lapses of concentration and suffered a head injury for his troubles. Looks better with Kelly or Sakho alongside him.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (5) – Poor game from the Dutchman who has been in and out of form all season, but did make one saving challenge when Perez found himself clean through.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6) – No booking which makes a change but did not assert himself on the game as much as he should have done. Seemed to pressure the referee at every opportunity off the back of a number of niggly challenges from the opposition.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Found himself in the wars with a clash of heads and being on the end of a string challenge in the middle of the pitch but got stuck in at every opportunity. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6) on 73 minutes who could not get into the game in the short time he was on.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6) – Another busy performance that we simply take for granted. Forced off due to injury. Replaced by 22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) on 76 minutes who was unpended almost as soon as he came on but had some decent touches.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7) – Needed to find him more as when he did have the ball he looked a threat. One jinking run ended with a shot off target but he always looked a danger.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) – Back in the starting line up and looked lively early on but faded when we needed to take control of the midfield.
9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – Usual tireless running as the lone striker and linked up well with Zaha a number of times. Had one great chance but ball was always rising. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) on 77 minutes to try and provide a different option up front. Only had one header on goal from a corner which tamely fell to the keeper but got involved for the duration he was on the pitch. Perhaps deserves the confidence a start could do for him.
13 Wayne Hennessey, 6 Scott Dann, 34 Martin Kelly, 23 Victor Camarasa
1 Schmeichel, 21 Ricardo Pereira, 6 Evans, 4 Soyunchu, 3 Chilwell, 25 Ndidi, 17 Perez, 8 Tielemans, 10 Maddison, 15 Barnes, 9 Vardy
Substitutes – 2 Justin, 5 Morgan (replaced Barnes on 85), 7 Gray (replaced Perez on 73), 11 Albrighton, 12 Ward, 14 Iheanacho, 26 Praet (replaced Maddison on 91)
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “We worked hard and were certainly in the game up until the second goal. The game was relatively even but they scored two very good goals and, as a result, they deserved to win the game. Our defensive display was very good throughout and, on another day, we would have maybe not conceded and seen the game through to the end.”
BRENDAN RODGERS – “It’s a big three points for us. We knew we had to be patient while trying to play with a tempo and defend very well, and we did all of those things. The players are very focused, they are fantastic in terms of how committed they are and how they want to learn and be better. We were defensively strong, focused and concentrated, and with the ball we showed some real quality as seen with the second goal.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Caglar Soyunchu (8.5) while the most shots were from Jonny Evans (4). The most tackles were made by Wilfred Ndidi (8) as Wilfried Zaha (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.30 – 7.16
- Total shots: 12 – 14
- Shots on target: 3 – 5
- Possession: 44.1% – 55.9%
- Pass success: 77% – 82%
- Dribbles: 13 – 6
- Aerials won: 17 – 18
- Tackles: 19 – 23
- Corners: 5 – 6
- Dispossessed: 17 – 11
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 9th in the Premier League with 15 points from 11 games, level on points with Brighton in 8th and 2 points ahead of Manchester United in 10th.
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09/11/2019 Chelsea (a)
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