Palace Out Fought, Out Thought And Soundly Beaten

This was a horrid defeat on a cold night where the Eagles crashed to a disappointing home loss after a performance that was disjointed from a group of players that were visibly on their last legs.


21st January 2020


Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton


Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU




REFEREE – Andre Marriner

ASSISTANTS – Scott Ledger, Mark Scholes, Tim Robinson (fourth official)

VAR – Jonathan Moss, Eddie Smart (assistant)


Yellow cards – Oriol Romeu (72), Nathan Redmond (74), James Tomkins (74)


Nathan Redmond (22), Stuart Armstrong (48)


James Tomkins


There was a lot being said about the Eagles in build up to this match from statistics based websites across social media and the fact that the league position defied the numbers and the performances. So, it was peak Palace to register a result which went some way to supporting such statements. In truth, they could well be on to something but this side have defied the odds to reach 30 points by this stage in the season.

There were players out there that looked physically and mentally battered having not had the luxury of being able to rotate within a paper thin squad. Injuries to key players have contributed and while there should be no excuses for this performance stinking Selhurst out on Tuesday night, there was disappointment but certainly not a feeling of being disillusioned. A ten day break must be used wisely ahead of just two fixtures in a 30 day period.


Not that we were aware of but we were only watching the game from inside the ground, so what do we know!


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.

“Firstly, credit to Saints who have now won 4 consecutive away league games. They out thought and out played us from start to finish applying the necessary darker arts of the game when required! We looked naive in comparison.

Conversely for Palace, it’s difficult to explain how we went from the heights of an excellent performance at City to 3 days later producing such a lack lustre and unimaginative performance. Our home form continues to be a challenge and ultimately will cost us a top half finish in May.

Lack of creativity, finishing, fatigue, selection and overall tactics may well be contributory factors to a poor display, but ultimately the squad cries out for at least two more quality additions in this transfer window. It’s a squad that needs freshening up.

Hodgson now has 10 days to regroup with the players and medics more time to ensure some longer term injuries return to bolster the squad options with only 2 games in the next 30 days. Let’s also hope that the owners recognise the need to move quickly and with real intent before the end of this transfer window otherwise I fear we will be looking over our shoulders until the end of the season. Supporting Palace has never been a smooth ride so all hands to the Palace pump required!”


31 VICENTE GUAITA (6) – Not much chance with either of the goals from distance but managed to ensure the scoreline did not get any worse.

34 MARTIN KELLY (5) – One player that is really finding it difficult at the moment, whether that be fitness or just out of sorts in an unatural position, it is difficult to tell. Replaced by 2 JOEL WARD (6) on 62 minutes who provided some stability in the position and will likely start the next game now that he is back from injury.

5 JAMES TOMKINS (7) – Never stopped battling in the face of everything the opposition were throwing at the back line.

24 GARY CAHILL (6) – Looked a little out of sorts which is a surprise considering the impact he has had since joining the club.

44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) – Could not match recent good performances, did not get down the line as much and kept sending the ball down the line in the air rather than keeping on the floor.

8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Just edged the midfield performers from a Palace perspective but was still given the runaround by the opposition. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6) on 62 minutes who struggled to make an impact on the game.

22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) – Lost the midfield battle right from the start and struggled to keep pace with the game.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6) – Found himself chasing shadows for much of the evening as the midfield went missing.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) – Allowed the opposition to get into his head which effected most of his game but he continued to be a threat even though he was doubled up on most of the time.

9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – One of the more average performances which could have something to do with his change of position. Still tried to get involved and make something happen but looked lethargic.

20 CENK TOSUN (6) – Could not follow up an impressive performance at City. Guilty of an awful miss which could have changed the direction of the game. Replaced by 21 CONNOR WICKHAM (6) on 69 minutes who looked bright and positive, should really have put away one of the couple of good chances that fell his way.


13 Wayne Hennessey, 6 Scott Dann, 38 Gio McGregor, 40 Brandon Pierrick


1 McCarthy, 2 Soares, 5 Stephens, 4 Vestergaard, 21 Bertrand, 17 Armstrong, 16 Ward-Prowse, 23 Hojbjerg, 22 Redmond, 7 Long, 22 Obafemi

Substitutes – 3 Yoshida, 9 Ings (replaced Long on 70 minutes), 10 Adams (replaced Obafemi on 84 minutes), 12 Djenepo, 14 Romeu (replaced Souares on 21 minutes), 19 Boufal, 28 Gunn


ROY HODGSON – “We were a long way below our standards. Southampton played extremely well. I think it was a game too far for us. We have been battling with the same group of players. We have had tough games, battled through brilliantly, but that all caught up with us today and we deserved to lose the game because Southampton were the better team. The players were determined in the second half to do something about it but when the second goal went in that gave us a mountain to climb. We would have had to produce some fantastic football and find a way of combating what we couldn’t combat in the first half.”

RALPH HASENHUTTL – “It’s not so easy to win here. Especially with the ball in the first half, we were absolutely fantastic – very flexible and hard to defend against. We created a lot of chances but it was only 1-0 at half-time. In the second half it was important that we did not make the same mistakes as we did against Wolves, but we were very clinical and came up with a beautiful goal from Stuart.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Nathan Redmond (9.0) while the most shots were from Stuart Armstrong (6). The most tackles were by Ryan Bertrand and James Ward-Prowse (5) while the most dribbles were from Wilfried Zaha and Nathan Redmond (5).

  • Team rating: 6.45 – 7.14
  • Total shots: 6 – 15
  • Shots on target: 0 – 6
  • Possession: 44.4% – 55.6%
  • Pass success: 63% – 70%
  • Dribbles: 16 – 14
  • Aerials won: 31 – 28
  • Tackles: 20 – 22
  • Corners: 0 – 8
  • Dispossessed: 11 – 10


Palace are 11th in the Premier League with 30 points from 24 games, level with Arsenal in 10th and Everton in 12th.


01/02/2020 Sheffield United (h – 3pm)

08/02/2020 Everton (a – 12.30pm)

22/02/2020 Newcastle United (h – 3pm)


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