End Of Season Cannot Come Soon Enough As Eagles Lose Third In A Row

A game riddled with mistakes saw Palace effectively hand the hosts all three points and condemn Roy Hodgson’s men to a third loss in as many games.


4th July 2020


Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace


King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL


Behind closed doors


REFEREE – Jonathan Moss

ASSISTANTS – Marc Perry, Peter Kirkup, Jarred Gillett (fourth official)

VAR – Martin Atkinson, Adam Nunn (assistant)



Bookings – Chilwell (47), Albrighton (49), McArthur (56)


Kelechi Iheanacho (49), Jamie Vardy (77, 93)


Gary Cahill


Is this what we are to look forward to until the season comes to an end? This is clearly a team that have nothing to play for but while the current circumstances are difficult for everyone, there are few excuses for another poor performance even against a current top four side. The difference in the scoreline was two silly mistakes but there was very little created from this Palace side and not much on offer in terms of tactical options when going behind. We all know that this club fare much better when there is something to play for which is a concern for the remaining games this season. Thankfully, we have the luxury of being safe from the drop which is something we have rarely experienced with games left to play and that in itself suggests it has been a decent season but seeing it out in the fashion that we are is difficult to watch.


No referral made as far as we could tell.


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.

“Today we faced a Leicester side lacking confidence and a far cry from the team who beat us comfortably before Christmas at Selhurst Park. Yet, by being set up so defensively and ponderous going forward, we handed the initiative to the opposition who were then gifted three points by two very poor errors by Vicente Guaita and Mamadou Sakho. The third goal by Vardy just rubbed salt into the wounds.

Excuses can always be made including having effectively nothing to play for but the last two games has seen unacceptable performances by some players and the team collectively. Lack of creativity going forward and the absence of counter-attacking at pace which used to be such a feature of our away games contributed to no real goal threats. We had one attempt on target and not one counter attack during the whole game. We can always point the finger at players and management as to why the last two results have happened but maybe this is an appropriate opportunity to look at our set up for next season.

If our staff believe we do not have talent currently good enough in our academy/development teams to progress to the first team then an immediate priority must be given to reducing the age profile of our squad. Younger hungry players with the necessary technical quality will bring energy, enthusiasm and tempo to our tactical set up. Bottom line some of our squad, Sakho for example, need to be moved on to give us more flexibility with players’ wages. Much then depends on how effective our recruitment team is under Freedman. They need to deliver.

Other key issues which need to be addressed by our owners surround two major conundrums. Firstly, do we finally cash in on Wilfried Zaha and allow him a deserved opportunity to play for a club competing for honours? His form for whatever reason has been inconsistent during most of this season. Secondly, do we finally say a ‘thank you’ to Roy Hodgson for ensuring Premier League safety over the past three seasons and begin the search for a new manager? He would leave with his head held high for giving us not only stability in arguably the toughest league in world football but fond memories for supporters of wins at City, Arsenal, Newcastle, Wolves and United.

Unfortunately, we have not seen the same performances and/or results at home. Arguably the biggest risk to any club is a change of manager especially when in a stable, if for many supporters, an uninspiring place with regards to league position, cup competition progression and performances per se. Our record at appointing managers since 2010, ‘firefighters’ apart, has been rather hit and miss. In reality what are the realistic options out there? Sean Dyche could possibly be a good fit working within limited financial resources plus the timings appear right for him to change clubs.

However, in the here and now our management and players have five games to redeem the unacceptable performances against Burnley and Leicester. The target now must be to beat the 49 points total of last season and show the necessary professional pride and commitment our supporters expect and deserve. Up the Palace!”


31 VICENTE GUAITA (5) – Another mistake from the Spaniard which we would love to say is uncharacteristic but that just is not the case. All the while he has won us points this season, it is the ones that have been lost that will be remembered.

2 JOEL WARD (6) – Another solid enough game from the full back but was caught up field for the third goal when chasing the game.

12 MAMADOU SAKHO (5) – Full of errors, one let in the hosts to score their second while another he recovered with a good block. Sad to say that it would be best if we parted ways this summer.

24 GARY CAHILL (6 – TEB MOM) – Decent enough showing from the centre back who put in a performance that prevented a worse defeat. Had the best chance to score but header was well saved.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Not a huge amount to report other than a clearance he skied backwards and almost put the hosts through on goal. Replaced by TYRICK MITCHELL (6) on 83 minutes for his long awaited Premier League debut. Had a couple of nice touches and overrun a pass that he was lucky not to be penalised for.

44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) – Played well for 40 minutes and then looked to struggled with fitness. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) on 60 minutes who had very little impact on the game.

4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6) – Not doubting his work ethic but struggled to create anything in the absence of any real support.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6 – BOOKED!) – Very rare for him to be unnoticed in games but this was one of those. Replaced by 22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) on 69 minutes who struggled to add anything to a Palace side chasing the game.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) – Clearly carrying a knock, seemed very reluctant to take opposition players on as much as he used to but still caused some problems.

9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – Worked tirelessly but became increasingly frustrated with the amount of fouls he was receiving.

17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) – Good to see the big Belgian back, won several headers but found life tough without much support. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) on 82 minutes for some much needed fresh legs. Put in one excellent cross which could not be converted.


13 Wayne Hennessey, 6 Scott Dann, 7 Max Meyer, 35 Sam Woods, 40 Brandon Pierrick


1 Schmeichel, 2 Justin, 6 Evans, 4 Soyuncu, 3 Chilwell, 17 Perez, 8 Tielemans, 25 Ndidi, 11 Albrighton, 14 Iheanacho, 9 Vardy

Substitutes – 5 Morgan, 7 Gray, 12 Ward, 15 Barnes (replaced Perez on 75 minutes), 20 Choudhury (replaced Tielemans on 89 minutes), 24 Mendy, 26 Praet (replaced Iheanacho on 64 minutes), 28 Fuchs (replaced Albrighton on 75 minutes), 29 Bennett (replaced Chilwell on 45 minutes)


ROY HODGSON – “I thought we were in the game for a long time into the second half despite conceding that goal, which was a bad one to concede. We got over that disappointment and got back into the game and looked like an equaliser might be on the cards.”

BRENDAN ROGERS – “Since the lockdown we should have had a win but we hadn’t up until now. When you have the mentality that you have had all season, not getting those results can affect your confidence. The players showed real determination to get back on track and get that win for us. We are in a brilliant position, but we have to keep up the performance level and get the results. But there are a lot of games, with not a lot of recovery time.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Jamie Vardy (8.2) who also had the most shots (6). The most tackles were by James Justin (7) while Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew (3) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 7.19 – 6.00
  • Total shots: 15 – 7
  • Shots on target: 4 – 1
  • Possession: 52.3% – 47.7%
  • Pass success: 84 – 80
  • Dribbles: 6 – 9
  • Aerials won: 17 – 23
  • Tackles: 29 – 17
  • Corners: 3 – 7
  • Dispossessed: 7 – 20


Palace are 13th in the Premier League with 42 points from 33 games, level with Newcastle United in 12th and two points ahead of Southampton in 14th.


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15/07/2020 Manchester United (h – 8pm)


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