Eagles Handed Cup Exit After Marathon Shoot-Out

It was an interesting starting eleven that were chosen to take on relegated Bournemouth in the EFL Cup but they failed to see Palace through to the third round after the game went to lottery of spot kicks.


15th September 2020


Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace (Bournemouth win 11-10 on penalties)


Vitality Stadium, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH7 7AF


Behind closed doors


REFEREE – Keith Stroud

ASSISTANTS – Ian Cooper, Nigel Lugg, Scott Jackson (fourth offiicial)


BOOKINGS – Martin Kelly (90)




Jaroslaw Jach


It was a much changed side that Roy Hodgson selected to take on Bournemouth in this cup tie which perhaps suggested the kind of attitude the EFL Cup would be given this season. A completely new back line but a good enough attack to cause problems. It was the defence that ended up the busier of the two and the hosts deserved the win on the balance of play, even if it did take a lengthy penalty shoot out to split the sides. You have to give credit for the penalty takers, every outfield player scored to make it 10-10 before the goalkeepers stepped up ….


“Remember 303 on Ceefax? Clicking hold to refresh the page, and that agonising wait until the page turned to over your game? If you substitute Ceefax for Twitter, that was me today at 6:45am in a coffee shop, whilst the Barista and I huddled over my phone, 6-6, 7-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9  … 10-10 … we miss (agony), refresh … refresh, refresh .. you miss (ecstasy) .. we score …. Lots of new comments ….. Asmir saves .. our first ever cup win (in our first ever cup tie) against Palace.”IAN HENSMAN


13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5) – Was rarely called into action until he saved a spot kick from his opposite number and the Welshman had his chance to win the game but blasted his kick onto the bar and well over.

34 MARTIN KELLY (7) – Solid in the right back berth and the only one with experience in the starting back line

45 RYAN INNISS (8) – Strong performance from the defender that we seem to have been waiting an age to break through into the first team.

35 SAM WOODS (7) – Worked well with Inniss particularly in the first half. Replaced by 12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6) on 61 minutes to provide much needed fresh legs and a more experience as the game wore on.

33 JAROSLAW JACH (8) – Would have liked to seen him play in the centre but he put in an excellent showing at left back with plenty of tackles and a number of forrays up the touchline.

37 NYA KIRBY (6) – Had the best chance of the first half for Palace from distance but struggle to make his mark on the game. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7) on 70 minutes who was lively and provided the opposition with something to think about.

4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6) – Looked a little of the pace in a game that you would expect him to run the midfield. Missed his second spot kick to send the hosts through.

7 MAX MEYER (7) – Showed glimpses of what we had hoped to see more of from the German since he joined. Good on the ball and with his distribution.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) – Only starter from the home win against Southampton at the weekend. Provided plenty of drive from the midfield. Replaced by 9 JORDAN AYEW (6) on 60 minutes in an effort to find a way of breaking the deadlock.

25 EBERECHI EZE (7) – First start for the club and was lively throughout but could not find a way through.

23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6) – Making his second debut for the club and was ineffective for the most part but did not have a real opportunity in front of goal.


19 Stephen Henderson, 22 James McCarthy, 27 Tyrick Mitchell, 40 Brandon Pierrick


1 Begovic, 17 Stacey, 24 Ofoborh, 25 Simpson, 5 Kelly, 33 Zemura, 16 L Cook, 18 Arter, 29 Billing, 7 Brooks, 14 Surrige

SUBSTITUTES – 4 Gosling (replaced L Cook on 74 minutes), 8 Lerma (replaced Stacey on 62 minutes), 9 Solanke (replaced Arter on 83 minutes), 23 Travers, 26 Kilkenny, 32 Anthony


ROY HODGSON  “Every penalty was almost perfect so congratulations to both teams on that, and congratulations to Bournemouth on winning the game. They deserved to win it – they played very well and I can only wish them luck up at Manchester City next week. I am not happy or I don’t think it is a good idea the third round of the competition was announced before we played the second round. I don’t understand the benefit of doing that.”

JASON TINDALL  “As a manager and player, you want to pit yourself against the best teams and the best people in the industry you are in. It will be such a tough game, as it always has been whenever we have gone to Manchester City, but it will be a great challenge for us. It will be a great opportunity for the players who are selected to play and a chance to go and give a good account of themselves.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Jaroslaw Jach (8.2) while the the most shots were from Harry Arter (4). The most tackles were by Jaroslaw Jach (6) who also had the most dribbles along with Jordan Zemura (3).

  • Team rating: 7.01 – 6.68
  • Total shots: 17 – 4
  • Possession: 62.2% – 37.8%
  • Pass success: 85% – 79%
  • Dribbles: 8 – 5
  • Aerials won: 20 – 9
  • Tackles: 17 – 21
  • Corners: 10 – 2
  • Dispossessed: 8 – 12


19/09/2020 Manchester United (a) – Premier League (Sky Sports)

26/09/2020 Everton (h) – Premier League (Amazon)

03/10/2020 Chelsea (a) – Premier League


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