Point Taken But Lack Of Attacking Intent A Real Issue

This was no ordinary game against our rivals with a very different build up to a match without any fans but spoils shared.


18th October 2020


Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion


Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU


Behind closed doors


REFEREE – Stuart Attwell

ASSISTANTS – Neil Davies, Marc Perry, Lee Mason (fourth official)

VAR – Kevin Friend, Simon Beck (assistant)


BOOKINGS – Mat Ryan (18), Yves Bissouma (43), Tyrick Mitchell (63), Vicente Guaita (76), James McArthur (86)

RED CARD – Lewis Dunk (90)


Wilfried Zaha (19 – pen), Alexis MacAllister (90)


Jairo Riedewald


The reaction to the heavy defeat at Chelsea was not to lose this game against our rivals but the difficult one to grasp is the real lack of attacking intent for the second game in succession. To have just one effort on goal which was the goal from the penalty spot, is an absolute travesty with the talent in this squad. Having said that, for all the possession the opposition had in this game, they did not find the net until the last minute of the game, and that was courtesy of a deflection. Yes, we were hard to breakdown and put in a very good defensive display but that very much hindered any attacking intent this side possessed.


A goal from Michy Batshuayi was overruled for an offside decision early in the second half. Later in the half there was another referral for a set to between Mitchell and Lamptey but nothing doing.


It was a very typical Brighton performance. Lots of the ball, completely wasteful in front of goal and that looked like it was going to lead to us leaving with nothing to show for our efforts. A lot of Albion fans will concentrate on the penalty decision – which was a shocker from Stuart Atwell – but if we had managed to put a decent percentage of our 19 shots in the vague direction of the Palace goal, then Atwell’s incompotence would not have mattered.

If I were a Palace fan, I would be seriously concerned about having one shot on target in nearly 100 minutes of football – and that being a penalty. All that being said, a draw away from home against a club who should be around us in the table is a decent result as long as we follow it up with a win against West Bromwich Albion next week. Good to see they we both predicted 1-1 draws too – maybe we both have some idea of what we are talking about!”WE ARE BRIGHTON


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.

“When our starting line up was announced, probably most of our supporters would have been happy. Possibly Eze was the only contentious omission but tactically you could understand the selection of Schlupp to nullify the potential danger from Lamptey down our left hand side.

However, from a position of pre-match optimism, our tactics were attritional especially once Zaha scored from the penalty spot. Any further offensive threat never materialised. Although during the second half Batshuayi was marginally given offside following a fine finish which would have made the score 2-0, no shots on target from open play summed up our approach going forward.

From following Palace over the years, many of us have become used to low possession statistics but then it becomes even more important to make the most going forwards of the little possession we have. For much of the game we were organised, kept a defensive shape and allowed few opportunities for Brighton to get behind us. Fortunately they lacked the cutting edge to punish the few openings created from their significant possession. Cahill and Kouyate looked a very solid centre back pairing which as things stand is our strongest combination.

Absolutely no complaints about how every player worked hard to deny space in the important defensive areas of the pitch but if I had to pick a player out from our team it would be Riedewald. He regularly broke up Brighton attacks and then very rarely gave the ball away. He has made a real statement to start every game.

Roy has a big decision ahead in making us more potent going forwards. Does he go into a game with only one defensively minded midfielder and then play five from Townsend, Eze, Schlupp, Batshuayi, Zaha, Benteke and Ayew? Or will he continue to be risk averse and ensure we remain solid and not particularly pleasing on the eye. There is no doubt Roy will keep us safe from relegation with his pragmatic tactics but it would appear that many of our supporters want something different served up.

From a coach’s point of view a balanced tactical approach can certainly be achieved but will Roy change his ways? There lies the important question and we can only at a distance wait for the outcome.

Up the Palace!”


31 VICENTE GUAITA (6 – BOOKED!) – Was put under pressure several times but did what was required of him. Deflection meant that he had no chance for the goal.

2 JOEL WARD (5) – In a week where the right back position had been bolstered by a former fan favourite, this was not a game to have a poor performance in. It was his mistake which led to the equaliser.

24 GARY CAHILL (7 – CAPTAIN) – Good to see the former Chelsea man back in the starting line up and there was a sense of maturity about the back line in this game. Alongside Kouyate, probably our best pairing at centre back so far this season.

8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Was in the wars for a lot of the game but did brilliantly with a couple of blocks and positioned himself well throughout.

39 TYRICK MITCHELL (6 – BOOKED!) – A sensible performance from the young defender particularly after receiving a yellow card, although there was a concern when he clashed with Lamptey. The problem is, with PVA now back fit, the Dutchman provides us with a bit more going forward.

44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (7 – TEB MAN OF THE MATCH) – Touch of class in the midfield and took his opportunity. Won possessions 8 times, more than any other player on the pitch and misplaced just 1 of his 23 passes.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6 – BOOKED!) – Was not allowed to play his usual game and as a result found himself deeper than he would usually like. Did not see his more common box to box performance.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – The players that made the most tackles in the match which says everything about the role he played in this game. Rarely got forward as he spent his time supporting the full backs.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7 – TEB MAN OF THE MATCH!) – Roy said before the game that the decision to replace Eze with Schlupp will be on his head but it proved to be a good one as the his energetic display was one of few shining lights. Replaced by 20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) on 88 minutes to provide some fresh legs and some hight up front to try and hold the ball up and buy some time.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6 – GOAL!) – Slotted home the spot kick with aplomb but struggled to show any of his excellent early season form. He did keep up his impressive record of scoring against our rivals though, but it was another of those games that he had some very close attention.

23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6) – A tight offside called ruined his chance of getting on the scoresheet but his finish will hopefully be a sign of things to come for the Belgian. Replaced by 4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6) on 83 minutes to leave Zaha the lone striker in an effort to fill the midfield.


19 Stephen Henderson, 3 Patrick van Annholt, 12 Mamadou Sakho, 17 Nathaniel Clyne, 4 Luka Milivojevic, 25 Eberechi Eze, 20 Christian Benteke


1 Ryan, 3 White, 5 Dunk, 4 Webster, 2 Lamptey, 8 Bissouma, 14 Lallana, 33 Burn, 11 Trossard, 20 March, 9 Maupay

SUBSTITUTES – 7 Connolly (for Trossard on 78 minutes), 10 MacAllister (for Lallana 0n 78 minutes), 13 Gross (for Burn on 82 minutes), 17 Alzate, 23 Steele, 30 Bernardo, 34 Veltman


ROY HODGSON  “I always think that with a player of Zaha’s ability, he has got more to offer. We have so much faith in his ability and always feel, with a bit of luck, there’s more there to give. What I will be preaching to him for the rest of the season is that a player of your ability has got more to give and it is not sufficient to just score a few more goals than last season. I want to see him create havoc in the opponents’ defence and he didn’t really do that today.”

GRAHAM POTTER  “Putting the ball in the net was missing. We created chances and were the dominant team. You can see that quite clearly. The scoreline affects it a bit because we were 1-0 down, but I was pleased. They scored one goal from their only entry into our box. One slight mistake will go against you and you have to respond. We did that well.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Jeffrey Schlupp (7.5) while the the most shots were from Neil Maupay (6). The most tackles were by Andros Townsend (5) while Jeffrey Schlupp (3) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 6.38 – 6.50
  • Total shots: 1 – 20
  • Shots on target: 1 – 3
  • Possession: 32.6% – 67.4%
  • Pass success: 69% – 83%
  • Passes: 279 – 540
  • Dribbles: 6 – 9
  • Aerials won: 16 – 17
  • Tackles: 17 – 15
  • Fouls: 13 – 12
  • Corners: 2 – 4
  • Saves: 2 – 0
  • Dispossessed: 12 – 14


Palace have 7 points from 5 games played and will sit around 12th once the fifth round of fixtures have been completed.


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