A dour early kick off at the Bridge saw the visitors return back across the river empty handed as Roy Hodgson celebrated his 300th Premier League game with a whimper.
8th November 2019
Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 1HS
REFEREE – Mike Dean
ASSISTANTS – Ian Hussin, Dan Robathan, Andy Madley (fourth official)
VAR – Andre Marriner, Andy Halliday (assistant)
Bookings – Willian (16), Zaha (20), Emerson (30), Kovacic (32), McCarthy (93)
Abraham (52), Pulisic (79)
Vicente Guaita as voted for by our Twitter followers.
A dismal performance away at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea side that was far from firing on all cylinders. That makes it three games in a row without a goal for Palace and two games without really putting the opposition goalkeeper under pressure. If we are to accept such defeats against the big sides, then let’s hope that we push to the 25 point mark by the end of the year with a kinder fixture list in the last month of the year. Perhaps then we would have some freedom to have a go at the FA Cup.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
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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.
“A tough consecutive run of five fixtures against the current top five teams has probably finally taken its inevitable toll. That said although defensively sound again at the Bridge, like the Leicester game, we did not lay a serious glove against their defence. Maybe the top four teams are streets ahead of the chasing pack, but I would like to have seen us take a few more attacking risks and pose a few serious questions to the Chelsea back four. Ultimately a combination of squad selection, safety first tactics and substitutions made the game was painful to watch as a Palace supporter.
Once Chelsea had neutralised our counter attacking down the flanks, controlled possession became a scarce commodity as they constantly pressed every time any Palace player received the ball. Worthy mentions in dispatches for Vicente Guaita and Gary Cahill who both showed again how important they will be to us gaining more results this season. Let’s hope by the time we are through this current run of brutal fixtures, enough confidence remains in our team to acquire valuable points against the teams around and below us.”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (7) – Not much the Spaniard could do with either of the goals but made a number of good saves to keep the opposition at bay.
2 JOEL WARD (6) – Injury cut short his game which looks likely to be a length spell on the sidelines based on his reaction. Replaced by 34 MARTIN KELLY (6) on 44 minutes who we know is not a right back but slotted in well.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6) – Made a couple of mistakes but one of his stronger games since his return to the starting line up.
24 GARY CAHILL (6) – Stuck to the task at hand and made one excellent block in front of Gauita but it was not to be a happy return to his previous club.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – One of his better games against his former employers but could not prevent another defeat.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (5) – A poor game from the captain who looked overrun and off the pace. Perhaps a spell on the bench is needed for the Serbian as we do have other options.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7) – Solid in the midfield but faced an uphill task all afternoon but stuck tat it and won the ball back a number of times. Replaced by 22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6 – BOOKED!) on 82 minutes in an uninspiring change to provide some fresh legs with the game already gone.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7) – One of the shining lights from a disappointing team performance. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) on 70 minutes who looked lively but failed to produce anything to recall.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6 – BOOKED!) – A very frustrated figure and apart from a couple of glimpses of magic he was a shadow of his former self. We continue to be far too reliant on the star man but his petulance is becoming tiresome.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – Pretty anonymous and found himself in his own half for the majority of the game and rarely had an opportunity to get forward.
9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – No support during the game but tried to work his own opportunities but it was a thankless task.
13 Wayne Hennessey, 6 Scott Dann, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 17 Christian Benteke
1 Arrizabalaga, 24 James, 15 Zouma, 29 Tomori, 33 Emerson, 7 Kante, 17 Kovacic, 10 Willian, 19 Mount, 22 Pulisic, 9 Abraham
Substitutes – 4 Christensen, 13 Cabellaro, 18 Giroud, 20 Hudson-Adoi (replaced Pulisic on 80 minutes), 23 Batshuayi (replaced Abraham on 73 minutes), 28 Azpilicueta, 47 Gilmour (replaced Mount on 87 minutes)
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “I thought we weathered the early storm well. We controlled an opponent in very good form. Eventually they scored a good goal, but the second goal was a little unfortunate as we were starting to grow into the game and looking a little bit likely ourselves. Then it was very difficult for us to get back into it. It’s an unfortunate spell we find ourselves in, but I can’t say I’m disappointed with our performance.”
FRANK LAMPARD – “We certainly deserved to win the game, but it was frustrating in a way because we had chances but not enough clear-cut ones. The young players are a big part of the team. The older players help them but they have to realise very quickly what this level is because it’s tough. The way they work daily and approach games is great. Can we replicate that through a longer period, that’s the test.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Pulisic (8.4) who also had the most shots (6). The most tackles were made by James Tomkins and James McArthur (5) while Wilfried Zaha (6) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.11 – 6.38
- Total shots: 23 – 3
- Shots on target: 5 – 1
- Possession: 60.3% – 39.7%
- Pass success: 87% – 77%
- Dribbles: 14 – 13
- Aerials won: 20 – 17
- Tackles: 18 – 20
- Corners: 7 – 0
- Dispossessed: 12 – 12
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 12th in the Premier League with 15 points from 12 games, level with Brighton in 11th and Newcastle in 13th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
23/11/2019 Liverpool (h)
30/11/2019 Burnley (a)
03/12/2019 Bournemouth (h)