Palace took a step closer to ending the year with one of their best points totals since returning to the top division courtesy of a moment of brilliance.
26th December 2019
Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham United
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
REFEREE – Andre Marriner
ASSISTANTS – Harry Lennard, Richard West, Tom Nield (fourth official)
VAR – Andy Madley, Andy Garratt (assistant)
Pablo Zabaleta (88), Aaron Cresswell (90)
Robert Snodgrass (57), Cheikhou Kouyate (68), Jordan Ayew (90)
Jordan Ayew as voted for by our wonderful Twitter followers
This was just the reaction we all wanted following the defeat to Newcastle at the weekend. Not just that but after going a goal behind even after being the better side, the heads did not drop and they battled back to secure a dramatic three points which they deserve plaudits for. This is a banged up side with the addition of another full back limping off during the game but they have somehow got the club into the top ten with one more game to play this year.
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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.
“Whichever way the game today is assessed, in the context of a number of long term injuries to our squad, it was a significant and well deserved win. Pleasing too that we achieved our first double of the season. Our team under Roy, rarely look disorganised in tactical shape which provides a sound platform to gain valuable points over the course of a season. However, I thought we were more than functional throughout the ninety minutes. Composure in possession combined with an attacking edge allowed us to dominant for longer spells than we are sometimes used to.
Substitutions were used well when required and Roy showed his intent to win the game whilst at 1-1 when Connor Wickham replaced Max Meyer to add more options to our attacking play. Although very few positive results at the top level are gained without a collective team performance, Jordan Ayew and James McArthur were excellent individually. Ayew’s sublime finish in the final minutes of the game was fitting reward for a player who has worked tirelessly for us since the start of the season. He is a player who has improved in confidence and performance levels significantly over the course of 2019. The next game away at Southampton arrives quickly on the horizon and it is obvious that we are depleted again in squad resources. However, do not underestimate a team where resolve, spirit and commitment cannot be questioned. Three more wins ASAP!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6) – One worrying moment when he failed to get to a ball through his own defender but otherwise not really tested.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6) – Still a centre back playing at right back but continuing to do a no nonsense job.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7) – Did not look as worn out as he usually does, but another commanding performance at the back. As guilty as a number of players failing to make a challenge in the lead up to conceding.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7) – Back in the side and providing more stability. Not only that, his quick deep passing helped us get on the attack on more than one occassion.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7) – Was playing well until he looked to have a recurrence of his hamstring injury. Replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) on 65 minutes who slotted in well and made a fantastic goal saving block.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7) – One of his better games of late, had one great effort which curled just over the bar when the top corner was calling.
8 CHIEKHOU KOUYATE (8 – GOAL!) – Played well against his former employers and arrived at the perfect time to score the equaliser. Replaced by 22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) on 88 minutes who provided some much needed fresh legs – this guy has his teammates covered, was straight in the faces of the opposition after a foul on Zaha.
7 MAX MEYER (7) – Surprise start for the German who played well in the first half but faded in the second. Linked up well and provided plenty of energy. Replaced by 21 CONNOR WICKHAM (6 – ASSIST!) on 75 minutes who got involved straight away. Failed to take advantage of a one on one but played a key role in the winner by holding up the ball for Ayew.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6) – How the Scot keeps going is a mystery but he kept on working up an down the pitch. Provided the cross which led to the equaliser but more worryingly, he took a hefty knock at the end of the game.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (8) – Heavily involved throughout and had the opposition back pedaling every time he had the ball. Perhaps guilty of trying to do too much but that is how he finds that something special in games.
9 JORDAN AYEW (9 – ASSIST! GOAL!) – Fantastic game by the Ghana international with an assist and a quite superb winner that was good enough to win any game. Oh, and he cost just £2.5million – an absolute steal based on his performances so far this season.
13 Wayne Hennessey, 23 Victor Camarasa, 35 Sam Woods, 40 Brandon Pierrick
13 Jimenez, 5 Zabaleta, 4 Balbuena, 21 Ogbonna, 3 Cresswell, 11 Snodgrass, 16 Noble, 41 Rice, 18 Fornals, 30 Antonio, 22 Haller
Substitutes – 8 Felipe Anderson (replaced Heller on 75 minutes), 10 Lanzini (replaced Fornals on 58 minutes), 15 Sanchez, 23 Diop, 26 Masuaku, 27 Ajeti (replaced Snodgrass on 90 minutes), 49 Anang
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “It was a fantastic effort, I thought Jordan did ever so well to set up the first goal. The second was one of those wonderful individual efforts that will live long in the memory and get lots of airings on television. He deserves that – it is a fine reward for his performance today and this season so far.”
MANUEL PELLEGRINI – “We need to recover as soon as we can. We need to play our home game where we are not having good results – we have two games in a row there and I hope we start winning.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Jordan Ayew (9.6) while Michail Antonio (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Pablo Zabaleta and Declan Rice (6) and the most dribbles were from Wilfried Zaha (12).
- Team rating: 6.94 – 6.79
- Total shots: 13 – 10
- Shots on target: 4 – 2
- Possession: 57.7% – 42.3%
- Pass success: 83% – 74%
- Dribbles: 26 – 16
- Aerials won: 14 – 28
- Tackles: 16 – 27
- Corners: 7 – 6
- Dispossessed: 14 – 5
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace have 26 points from 19 games played and are 9th in the Premier League, a point behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in 8th and a point ahead of Newcastle United in 10th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
28/12/2019 Southampton (a)
01/01/2020 Norwich City (a)
05/01/2020 Derby County (h)