The impressive run continues for Palace who prove they are no easy touch with the perfect performance against Watford which puts them on the brink of breaking the magic 40 point barrier.
7th March 2020
Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
REFEREE – Anthony Taylor
ASSISTANTS – Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn, Darren England (fourth official)
VAR – Stuart Attwell, Stephen Child (assistant)
Yellow cards – Kiko Femenia (30), Wilfried Zaha (40), Etienne Capoue (49), Cheikhou Kouyate (49), Abdoulaye Doucoure (51), Christian Benteke (58), Ignacio Pussetto (84), Jordan Ayew (93)
Jordan Ayew (28)
TEB MAN OF THE MATCH
VICENTE GUAITA – it could have been handed to one of a few good performances in this victory but the Spaniard just pipped Ayew this week for keeping Palace in with a chance of winning all three points.
Nine points from the last three games is perfection and you cannot ask any more than that. This is the third 1-0 win in succession and to supplement the points, those clean sheets are just as impressive. The back line in recent weeks has been increasingly hard to beat but this Palace side defends from the front and with the link up play witnessed again between a talented front three, there is a real hope of looking up the table until the end of the season and pushing on – who knows where it could lead. Getting victories in games that you are expected to take points from is hard enough but having done that in the last three has been very pleasing indeed.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
The main referral was for a clash between Etienne Capoue and Wilfried Zaha after the Watford midfielder seemed to lower his head which encouraged a reaction from the Ivory Coast international. A red card was not deemed necessary.
31 VICENTE GUAITA (8) – Crucial saves at crucial stages in the game which helped secure another good win.
2 JOEL WARD (6) – Played his part in a stubborn performance from the defensive unit.
6 SCOTT DANN (7) – Rolling back the years and relishing the opportunity considering he was fifth choice earlier in the season.
24 GARY CAHILL (8) – Marshalled the back line impressively once again. Has to be the free transfer of the season, right?
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7) – The player of the month for February was put under pressure on a number of occassions but still found time to support the attack.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7 – BOOKED!) – Stood firm against a tough midfield and did not allow the hosts to be bullied off the ball.
22 JAMES MCCARTHY (8) – Solid showing in the middle of the park, composed on the ball and tough in the challenge, making it difficult for Milivojevic to get back it the side.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7 – ASSIST!) – Worked tirelessly as ever and is a very underrated and sometimes unappreciated performer in this side. Replaced by 4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6) on 70 minutes who slotted in to shield the back line to see out the game.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7 – BOOKED!) – Handed the same treatment as usual by the opposition but had the last laugh by the time the final whistle blew. Used the ball well by bringing others into play. Had a few opportunities himself but could not get on the scoresheet.
9 JORDAN AYEW (8 – GOAL! BOOKED!) – Took his tally for the season to eight and continued the run of games where he scores, Palace do not lose. Good all round display.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (8 – BOOKED!) – Still has his critics and while you could argue that his job is hitting the back of the next, his game at the moment is so much more than that. Played a big part in the build up to the goal, just like last weekend.
13 Wayner Hennessey, 7 Max Meyer, 10 Andros Townsend, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp, 34 Martin Kelly, 44 Jairo Riedewald,
26 Foster, 21 Femenia, 27 Kabasele, 15 Cathcart, 11 Masina, 19 Hughes, 29 Capoue, 37 Pereyra, 16 Doucoure, 23 Sarr, 9 Deeney
Substitutes – 1 Gomes, 4 Dawson, 6 Mariappa, 10 Welbeck (replaced Deeney on 74 minutes), 14 Chalobah, 18 Gray (replaced Hughes on 84 minutes), 33 Pussetto (replaced Pereyra on 74 minutes)
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “I’m delighted. We showed incredible character to dig in and defend valiantly. We have every faith that this team won’t get dragged in and will maybe even start looking to push further up the table and get in behind one or two teams above us. I would be very surprised if that was to happen but I don’t rule anything out because in football you’re foolish to rule anything out.”
NIGEL PEARSON – “We have missed an opportunity in many ways. We had lots of good situations to get shots away when we were actually trying to score the perfect goal. It’s frustrating because we’ve played pretty well today and it’s not gone our way. It is a disappointment but at least I can look back at it and know the players have been positive again. We’ve worked exceptionally hard. The players know they’ve done okay today but have not maximised the chances we had.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Jordan Ayew (8.0) while Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were by James McCarthy and Kiko Femenia (8) as Wilfried Zaha (6) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.37 – 6.42
- Total shots: 10 – 10
- Shots on target: 3 – 3
- Possession: 44.2% – 55.8%
- Pass success: 72% – 75%
- Dribbles: 14 – 4
- Aerials won: 31 – 34
- Tackles: 21 – 22
- Corners: 8 – 8
- Dispossessed: 13 – 12
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace move on to 39 points from 29 games and sit 11th, level on points with Burnley in 10th and 2 ahead of Everton in 12th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
14/03/2020 Bournemouth (a – 3pm)
21/03/2020 Liverpool (a – 5.30pm)
04/04/2020 Burnley (h – 3pm)