From low expectations with the injury list to plenty of hope following the announcement of a strong starting line up, Palace fluffed their lines and have no option but to concentrate on the league.
5th January 2020
Crystal Palace 0-1 Derby County
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
REFEREE – Michael Oliver
ASSISTANTS – Simon Bennett, Sam Lewis, Antony Coggins (fourth official)
VAR – David Coote, Constantine Hatzidakis (assistant)
Red card – Luka Milivojevic (63)
Yellow cards – Tom Huddlestone (64)
Chris Martin (32)
It was so difficult to pick a player out so we have gone for a join award to Jordan Ayew who did not stop trying and to Brandon Pierrick for making his full debut for the first team and showing plenty to suggest he has a bright future ahead of him.
Disappointing in more ways than one – for the injury list, for the blown opportunity to progress considering the points tally achieved so far in the league and for the manner that our captain got himself sent off which effectively ended any chance the Eagles had of getting back into the game. Roy Hodgson made the selection he did to respect the competition but it backfired with a couple more names joining the queue to the treatment room and being unceremoniously dumped out of the competition. There a few shining lights though – Brandon Pierrick, the fact that it highlights the needs in this current transfer window and a week off at the end of January. Otherwise, we should forget this ever happened.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
In a competition where not all games have VAR, this one was. A clash in the middle of the park led to a decision being made by VAR and what we think is the first time in English football that the referee took to the screen at the side of the pitch. Decision was a red card for Luka Milivojevic which was deserved but you have to question why Tom Huddlestone did not suffer the same fate for his involvement.
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5) – Could he have done better for the goal? Perhaps, but it is easy to be critical of the Welshman when comparing him to Guaita.
34 MARTIN KELLY (5) – Struggled for most of the game and clearly needs a rest and he is certainly not alone. Remember, he is not a natural full back, a square peg in a round hole.
24 GARY CAHILL (6) – Surprised to see him back from injury so soon when we were expecting a lengthier lay off. Remains to be seen if that was a good idea or not.
8 CHIEKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Becoming a real utility man, started in the back line and was moved back into midfield after the red card.
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (5) – Surprised to see him in the starting line up after rumours that he had been carrying a knock but could not make the whole 90 minutes. Replaced by 35 SAM WOODS (6) on 76 minutes who got some game time in the back line even if it was not his usual position.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (5 – RED CARD!) – At a time when we least needed it, the captain was foolish to do what he did and now faces a three match ban.
22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) – Looked to keep the midfield together for the most part but could not do it all on his. Will see more game time now with the captain missing games.
7 MAX MEYER (6) – Looked bright on occassions but took an early knock and could not continue. Replaced by 18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6) on 39 minutes who was probably looking forward to a rest but was called upon to do his usual job in the midfield.
40 BRANDON PIERRICK (7) – A real highlight making his full first team debut and had a great chance early on to put the Eagles ahead but was not utilised as he should have been as the game wore on. Unlucky to have been replaced but needs must after the red card. Replaced by 5 JAMES TOMKINS (6) on 73 minutes who slotted into the back line to free up Kouyate and fill the void left by the dismissed Milivojevic.
9 JORDAN AYEW (7) – The one player that kept working hard throughout by trying to create an opportunity. His run through most of the opposition late on summed up his commitment to cause.
21 CONNOR WICKHAM (5) – Was given the nod to start but could not take the opportunity and follow up his goal against Norwich. Did not get injured though as far as we know so every cloud …
19 Stephen Henderson, 37 Nya Kirby, 38 Gio McGregor, 41 James Daly
21 Roos, 37 Bogle, 33 Davies, 3 Forsyth, 46 Malone, 44 Huddlestone, 32 Rooney, 49 Whittaker, 40 Sibley, 10 Lawrence, 19 Martin
Substitutes – 2 Wisdom, 9 Waghorn (replaced Sibley on 90 minutes), 11 Jozefzoon, 23 Holmes (replaced Whittaker on 72 minutes), 38 Knight, 41 Bird (replaced Huddlestone on 75 minutes), 47 Ravas
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “In the first half, we were nowhere near as good as we needed to be. It wasn’t the performance I was looking for, we started better in the second half and then got a man sent off. Playing without a man makes things difficult. As far as the incident is concerned, I think it was a harsh decision. The ref has gone by the letter of the law. I don’t think Tom Huddlestone has made a meal of it, to his credit. There’s not much I can do about it.”
PHILLIP COCU – “I think in the last eight or nine minutes, we can do better because we made a few decisions where we did not do the best. The influence of Wayne and Tom is important because they’re senior players and they need to teach the younger guys. Overall it was an excellent team performance. We tried to take the initiative even though it was an away match.”
- Total shots: 10 – 5
- Shots on target: 2 – 2
- Possession: 51% – 49%
- Corners: 9 – 2
- Fouls: 8 – 13
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