With all the pre-match hassles for fans making their way to the ground for the early kick off, you could not blame some for thinking of an about turn after the red card but there was a reward on the horizon as the Eagles fought hard to take all three points.
3rd December 2019
Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
REFEREE – Anthony Taylor
ASSISTANTS – Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn, Robert Jones (fourth official)
VAR – Chris Kavanagh, Daniel Cook (assistant)
RED CARD – Mamadou Sakho (18)
YELLOW CARD – Dominic Solanke (62), Jefferson Lerma (67), Luka Milivojevic (70), James McCarthy (71), Philip Billing (77), James McArthur (84)
Jeffrey Schlupp (76)
Jordan Ayew as voted for by our wonderful Twitter followers.
There is something special about this team and the battle to win all three points against adversity was absolutely immense and really proves a point. There are players in this side that have been criticised for their inclusion on more than one occasion but the manner of this win showed that they have guts, togetherness and a real fighting spirit. The crowd played their part too, from the airing of the Andy Johnson chant to the final whistle, this is a performance and result that will live long in the memory and everyone who contributed on the night deserves huge credit.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
We presume the red card for Sakho was reviewed by VAR as well as the potential penalty involving Wilfried Zaha in the second half which just goes to show that the continued lack of information for fans in grounds attending games needs to be improved immensely
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.
“How many times in the past have we seen Palace struggle to gain a result against a team reduced to ten players!? To play with ten players for 70+ minutes confirmed the inherent qualities of commitment, desire, resolve and team spirit within our squad. Ultimately, maybe Bournemouth didn’t perform well but it was clear that Roy tactically outthought Howe. Additionally all our players stepped up dealing effectively with injuries, a sending off and defensive reorganisation during the course of the game.
Honourable mentions to Kouyate, Ayew, Zaha and Tomkins but it would be churlish not to acknowledge the part every player played in securing important back to back wins. As games come thick and fast this month, the next challenge for Roy and our medics over the next few days is to get the available players fit and organised to perform at Watford this weekend. Onwards to 4 more wins ASAP. Up the Palace!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (7) – Was strong when we needed him to be, particularly in the air where his punches were on point and safe hands when he could gather the ball. Fantastic save late on to secure the points.
34 MARTIN KELLY (8) – Stand out performance from the stand in full back who will no doubt be feeling sore since the final whistle.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7) – Had to be strong after losing his centre back partner but stood firm and linked up well with Kouyate who moved in the back line alongside him.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (5) – Hard to argue the decision to send him back to changing rooms for an early shower, but should the Frenchman be making such a challenge so high up the pitch?
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Looked to pull his hamstring and did not make it to the half hour mark, much like us at TEB (we missed the first half hour!) Replaced by 3 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7 – GOAL!) on 28 minutes who left his warm spot from the bench sooner than he expected but ended up being the match winner. Two goals in two games.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6 – BOOKED!) – Played his part as captain in the middle of park. Played the simple ball and was pivotal in protecting the back line after going down to ten men.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7) – This guy has plenty of strings to his bow, slotted into the back line with ease and looked comfortable alongside Tomkins.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7 – ASSIST! BOOKED!) – The Scot does not get enough credit from anywhere, just gets on with the job in hand without any fuss. How he continues to get up and down the pitch like he does is beyond us.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7) – Scared the living daylights out of the opposition every time he had the ball. The movement by both him and Ayew created the space for Schlupp to pop up and score the winner. And that smile on his face … maybe, just maybe Wilf stays until the summer.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – Not on it and perhaps struggling when we lost a man following the exertions at Burnley at the weekend where he took a knock. Replaced by 22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6 – BOOKED!) on 45 minutes who provided some added steel into the midfield to help defend the second half onslaught.
9 JORDAN AYEW (7) – Has made the position his own, a ridiculously impressive performance by continuing to show energy right the way through the game. His tireless running with and without the ball made a huge difference between winning and losing this game. Brilliant defending from the front.
13 Wayne Hennessey, 44 Jairo Reidewald, 23 Victor Camarasa,17 Christian Benteke, 21 Connor Wickham
12 Ramsdale, 15 Smith, 33 Mepham, 5 Ake, 21 Rico, 22 Wilson, 8 Lerma, 29 Billing, 14 Groeneveld, 9 Solanke, 13 Wilson
Substitutes – 1 Boruc, 2 Francis (replaced Rico on 64 minutes), 4 Gosling, 16 L Cook (replaced Billing on 82 minutes), 17 Stacey, 24 Fraser (replaced Groeneveld on 64 minutes) 25 Simpson
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “It was a great victory. I am full of praise for what the players did today. To firstly lose your centre-back to a challenge which the referee deems to be a red card, and then to lose a left-back in an area where we have no cover. The last place we could really cover injuries was at the back, but we did and I thought the players showed an outstanding attitude at the back. Normally when you win 1-0 with 10 men you think you were lucky, but that wasn’t really the case and we had a few chances of our own so I’m delighted for the players.”
EDDIE HOWE – “It is a tough one for us to take. We needed to get something from tonight’s game and we are hugely disappointed we haven’t. We didn’t do enough with the ball and we didn’t hurt them enough. Credit to them for how they defended in their shape. We should be able to do better and I have to take responsibility for that. When you’re in this form, it is a tough one to work out, we could have won all of these games but we have lost them narrowly.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Martin Kelly (7.8) while the most shots were from James McArthur, Jordan Ayew and Jefferson Lerma (2). The most tackles were made by Adam Smith, Philip Billing and Harry Wilson (5) as Wilfried Zaha (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.83 – 6.61
- Total shots: 7 – 6
- Shots on target: 2 – 3
- Possession: 31% – 69%
- Pass success: 74% – 87%
- Dribbles: 12 – 14
- Aerials won: 14 – 25
- Tackles: 14 – 27
- Corners: 6 – 9
- Dispossessed: 20 – 7
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace have 21 points from 15 games and sit 5th in the Premier League at the time of writing, 5 points behind Chelsea in 4th and 1 point ahead of Spurs in 6th. We may have to revise our target of 25 points by the time the year is out!
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
07/12/2019 Watford (a)
16/12/2019 Brighton (h)
21/12/2019 Newcastle United (a)