After holding the hosts at the break, a disappointing second half littered with errors handed the hosts all three points and ensured the Eagles were handed their second league defeat of the season.
3rd October 2020
Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 1HS
Behind closed doors
REFEREE – Michael Oliver
ASSISTANTS – Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett, Darren England (fourth official)
VAR – Andre Marriner, Stephen Child (assistant)
BOOKINGS – Cesar Azpilicueta (64), N’Golo Kante (70)
Ben Chilwell (50, Kurt Zouma (66), Jorginho (78, 82 pens)
TEB MAN OF THE MATCH
Hard to put into words how different this performance was to one at Old Trafford a couple of weeks back. Offered very little going forward and it was only a matter of time before the hosts would break the deadlock. Having said that, the three points were handed to them on a plate with errors leading to arguably all four goals. With a break coming up, there must be some personnel changes for the next game back. Although there was very little to take from this performance, 6 points from the opening 4 games we would probably have taken at this stage.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
Nothing more than the standard reviews on both penalties along with a couple of claims for Palace but nothing doing for the visitors.
“I thoughts that despite the slow first half, we were largely the better team and deserved to get the three points. Palace were difficult to break down but tired as the game went on. Once we got the first goal it was a relatively easy game for us and Palace didn’t really put much pressure on our back four. I’m very happy with the clean sheet as this is the kind of game last season that we would have given away a sloppy goal or two at the end and it wouldn’t have been as comfortable.
Ben Chilwell was impressive and had a very solid Premier League debut for Chelsea. He looked comfortable in possession, had a good delivery and provided the attacking support play that we haven’t been getting from Alonso for seasons. I think Palace will be a difficult team to break down this season for a lot of big teams but I would imagine a performance like this would be frustrating to watch as a fan. Especially when you concede such a sloppy goal to undo all the hard work and don’t really ever challenge the opponents goal. Good luck for the rest of the season.” – CFC EXTRA
BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
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.
“It was interesting to observe how Lampard had set up Chelsea from the start with two defensive midfielders sitting in front of their back four. As we were set up similar it was probably no surprise the two teams tactically cancelled each other out in a cagey first half. The first goal scored by either team was always going to be key.
Unfortunately a Sakho mistake gave them that opportunity. From being a goal down for the remainder of the half we never looked likely to get back into the game. From that first goal Chelsea grew in confidence and further defensive errors by our back four ensued, gifting them a slightly flattering final score line. Defensive mistakes apart, the most disappointing aspect was our lack of drive and creativity going forwards when we did win possession back. We were slow and imprecise when we had the ball and even the combined qualities of Eze and Zaha didn’t pose any real questions of the Chelsea defence in and around their box. In summary, a bad day at the office with no player standing out in a well below par performance.
Being critical, we have probably seen the best and worst of ‘Royball’ with the performances and results at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge respectively. Maybe we are destined again to be a mid-table team with our usual highs and lows of a Premier League season. Eight more wins as soon as possible still remains the priority. Looking ahead, it will be reassuring to see the return of a fully fit Cahill playing alongside Kouyate (or Tomkins). Although Mitchell has performed capably in the absence of van Aanholt, it will be good to have further options available when he returns from injury. Hopefully Clyne will sign for the season to give us cover on the other side until Ferguson is fit.
The availability again of Batshuayi opens up more offensive options especially as a potential replacement for Ayew who hasn’t so far reached the standards of last season. An international break ahead at probably the right time to regroup and prepare for our next fixture which possibly has a slight edge to it! Up the Palace!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (5) – The Spaniard had very little to do apart from pick the ball out of the net on four occasions.
2 JOEL WARD (5) – Became over-run as the game went on with the forward running of Chilwell. Looked to have picked up a knock right on the final whistle after being clattered.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (5) – Decent first half but was at fault for the crucial first goal and lost his man for the second and handed the hosts a fourth by conceding a penalty. One to forget for the Frenchman.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Took a couple of first half knocks but played well for the most part considering .
39 TYRICK MITCHELL (6) – Conceded a penalty for the third goal but one player that comes out of this result with come credit.
22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) – After a good first half, ran out of steam going into the second particularly when having to chase the game. Replaced by 4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6) on 67 minutes who provided nothing more in the midfield.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7) – Battled throughout and was key to holding the hosts at the break. Missed his constant harassing when he left the pitch. Replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) on 72 minutes who was not able to exert himself on a game that had pretty much gone as he entered the fray.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – Busy but not creative enough when we needed him to be.
25 EBERECHI EZE (6) – Some nice touches but was consistently fouled throughout the game so never got the opportunity to create an opening. Never stopped trying and looks comfortable at the top level.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (5) – Frustrating game, rarely found time with the ball and very ineffective.
9 JORDAN AYEW (5) – Largely anonymous but did find himself with the best chance to score but his effort was saved by the keeper. His place must be at risk with Batshuayi waiting in the wings
13 Wayne Hennessey, 6 Scott Dann, 34 Martin Kelly, 7 Max Meyer, 20 Christian Benteke
16 Mendy, 28 Azpilicueta, 6 Thiago Silva, 15 Zouma, 21 Chilwell, 7 Kante, 5 Jorginho, 20 Hudson-Odoi, 29 Havertz, 11 Werner, 9 Abraham
SUBSTITUTES – 1 Arrizabalaga, 10 Pulisic (replaced Hudson-Odoi on 83 minutes), 14 Tomori, 17 Kovacic (replaced Kante on 83 minutes), 18 Giroud, 19 Mount, 24 James
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “We were our own worst enemy today, with the two penalties. The only one you could say was a good goal was the Zouma header, from a looping cross, but even there you would hope your centre-backs could deal with it. In the end we find ourselves on the end of a heavy beating. As a team we were nowhere near as good as we need to be to come to Chelsea and cause them problems.”
FRANK LAMPARD – “There is a lot of reactionary stuff about us because of expectation. After West Brom people wanted to react. I don’t and even after today I won’t react too much, we are still working. I do think people have to remain calm. That’s how I have to be, I can’t get caught up in it. It’s my job not to be reactionary and not get too upset or down. We got a lot of credit for coming fourth and now people have to stay calm, we are not going to go from there to 100 instantly.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Ben Chilwell (9.2) while the the most shots were from Tammy Abraham (4). The most tackles were by tammy Abraham and Tyrick Mitchell (3) while N’Golo Kante and Jordan Ayew (20 had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.24 – 5.91
- Total shots: 17 – 4
- Shots on target: 6 – 0
- Possession: 71.7% – 28.3%
- Pass success: 90% – 73%
- Passes: 699 – 274
- Dribbles: 4 – 8
- Aerials won: 15 – 9
- Tackles: 13 – 10
- Fouls: 17 – 13
- Corners: 8 – 5
- Saves: 0 – 2
- Dispossessed: 4 – 10
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace drop down into mid-table with 6 points from 4 games.
18/10/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) – Premier League (2pm kick off – live on Sky Sports)
24/10/2020 Fulham (a) – Premier League (3pm kick off)
31/10/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) – Premier League (3pm kick off)