Sooner Season Ends The Better But Losing Run Causes Concern For New Campaign

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Palace rarely do things by halves and this is another example of that by returning back to South London fresh off a seventh Premier League defeat in a row for which there can be no more excuses. An ageing squad clearly struggling presents many more questions going into one of most important transfer windows the club has faced for some time.


20th July 2020


Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace


Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR


Behind closed doors


REFEREE – Peter Bankes

ASSISTANTS – Lee Betts, Adrian Holmes, Anthony Taylor (fourth official)

VAR – Andre Marriner, Stephen Child (assistant)



Bookings – James McCarthy (63), Conor Coady (65), Adama Traore (77)


Daniel Podence (41), Jonny (68)


Joel Ward


What can you say about a seventh successive defeat in the Premier League? Palace started the game well and on the front foot but faded as the game went on and conceded right before the break which did not help matters. Thankfully the Eagles are safe for another season in the top flight but this does not set things up well for the next campaign. The players and staff need to take a long hard look at themselves right now as these performances are not acceptable.


Nothing to report


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.

“The majority of a first half played at a low tempo and where we appeared very comfortable was quickly changed by an error gifting Wolves with the opportunity to unlock our defence. Scoring the critical first goal at this level rarely results in a defeat and was ultimately confirmed again. The second half passed by as an non-event in an attacking sense for Palace and the inevitable second Wolves goal arrived to put the result to bed. We never looked likely of mounting a recovery.

When any team has a leading scorer of 9 goals then it’s obvious where issues lie in a team short of scoring options plus the creativity required to regularly play incisive passes in the final third of the pitch. Occasionally we looked neat and tidy until we reached that final third. Moves then broke down by either lacking the ability to get down the sides and in between the defensive lines of the opposition or the quality of pass to create a clear goal scoring opportunity. Zaha apart, we had a team of honest journeymen who work hard to make up for any technical shortcomings against an opposition with superior quality in the key areas of the pitch.

Whoever is manager for next season then a major investment in the squad is required. Every Palace supporter can probably identify the areas which require addressing. Let’s hope the necessary transfer funds are made available and the recruitment team do their job in ensuring significant improvements in the quality, balance and depth of the squad are in place for September.”


31 VICENTE GUAITA (6) – Did not do anything wrong on the night, had a bit of luck with a clearance that deflected off the striker and over the bar.

2 JOEL WARD (6 – TEB MAN OF THE MATCH) – Did a decent job and we handed him the award as there really was no-one better, and that’s no disrespect to his performance, more than the showing from the rest of team was not up to much.

6 SCOTT DANN (6) – An okay performance who was left as the senior defender who had to play more than just his own game after the departure of Sakho.

12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6) – It started to go pear shaped when he left the pitch with yet another injury. Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) on 23 minutes who slotted in alongside Dann in an unnatural role to most but he has played there for his country and at West Ham. It can only be assumed Martin Kelly was not fit.

39 TYRICK MITCHELL (6) – Tough night for the lad with both goals coming from his side but no fault for the first after a loose pass from midfield put the whole backline on the back foot.

22 JAMES MCCARTHY (5 – BOOKED!) – Much like the whole team performances, started well but faded into obscurity as the game went on. Received the only booking on the night for Palace.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6) – Played much more central but faded badly as the second half wore on. Looked shattered by the end.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (5) – His loose pass played the hosts in for the opening goal which Palace never recovered from. Must find a way of engineering an end product to help this team.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) – First start since returning from injury and the best chance fell to him in the first half which he failed to convert. Replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) on 73 minutes who provided nothing more than some fresh legs.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) – Other than the saga of a change of boots, there was very little from him on the night unfortunately.

9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – Full of running and plenty of fouls describes his game to perfection.


19 Stephen Henderson, 7 Max Meyer, 34 Martin Kelly, 35 Sam Woods, 37 Nya Kirby, 40 Brandon Pierrick, 41 John-Kymani, Gordon


11 Rui Patricio, 32 Dendoncker, 16 Coady, 15 Boly, 2 Doherty, 8 Neves, 28 Joao Moutinho, 19 Jonny, 37 Traore, 9 Jimenez, 10 Podence

Substitutes – 6 Cavaco Jordao, 7 Neto (replaced Traore on 80 minutes), 17 Gibbs-White, 18 Jota (replaced Podence on 72 minutes), 21 Ruddy, 27 Saiss, 29 Vinagre, 49 Kilman, 59 Buur


ROY HODGSON “It was a bit of a groundhog day for us. We lose Mamadou Sakho and I thought in the first half the team played very well. Conceding just before half-time was a blow and in the second half we did the best we could do. We just have to keep picking ourselves off the floor. It’s pretty obvious we have to try to dust ourselves down and try to get freshened up because there are a lot of tired legs. Even with all of our best players available we would be looking at a match against Tottenham as a very difficult one to win. It’s going to be a tough one, we’ll do our level best to get a result but you don’t get it just by saying how important it is to get one.”

NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO “It always feels good to win but it was two different halves. We played much better in the second. In the first half we should have moved the ball faster. Talent comes after the organisation, it’s much easier when you are solid in the game.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Matt Doherty (8.1) while the the most shots were from Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez and Wilfried Zaha (3). The most tackles were by Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves and Matt Doherty (4) while Adama Traore (7) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 7.08 – 6.28
  • Total shots: 11 – 6
  • Shots on target: 5 – 3
  • Possession: 55.2% – 44.8%
  • Pass success: 82% – 76%
  • Dribbles: 15 – 9
  • Aerials won: 21 – 17
  • Tackles: 15 – 13
  • Corners: 5 – 2
  • Dispossessed: 6 – 10


Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 42 points from 37 games, 4 points ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion in 15th and 2 points behind Newcastle United in 13th.


26/07/2020 Tottenham Hotspur (h – 4pm)


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