Palace Battle Back To Take Well Earned Point Off Spurs

The Eagles battled back from a goal down to take a point off a Spurs team very much in form by putting in a very good performance in front of the returning Palace faithful.


13th December 2020


Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur


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




REFEREEKevin Friend

ASSISTANTSSimon Beck, Harry Lennard, Tim Robinson (fourth official)

VARSimon Hooper, Andy Halliday (assistant)


BOOKINGS – Luka Milivojevic (20), Moussa Sissoko (38)

RED CARD – none


Harry Kane (24), Jeffrey Schlupp (81)


Vicente Guaita


This was a game that matched the excitement of fans returning to Selhurst Park for the first time since early March. It was another game that saw the on field chemistry between Zaha, Eze and Benteke grow another notch. More impressively, going a goal down to the league leaders did not deter a battling Palace side that kept on creating chances in a second half that had the visitors pegged back and were ultimately rewarded with an equaliser.


Thankfully, a game not ruined by any controversial decisions.


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 great to see our supporters return to the Coliseum for the first time since March and as I’ve said before, our players have arguably missed them more than many other clubs in the Premier League. Our support at the Holmesdale end certainly played a significant part especially in the second half encouraging our players on to the equalising goal by Schlupp following an excellent set piece delivery by Eze

The first half, Kane’s goal apart, was very balanced and probably a 1-1 scoreline at half-time wouldn’t have flattered us despite Spurs having the vast majority of possession. The second half was a completely different affair. Palace dominated most of the half and we were well rewarded with the equaliser and a well earned point.

Just as against West Brom a week ago, reflected another very good all round team performance. The attacking four of Schlupp, Eze, Benteke and Zaha are gelling nicely forming a potent threat going forward with each playing to their natural strengths. Eze confirmed again what a talent he is when in possession. Hodgson has certainly found an offensive combination which works and suits our players whilst not compromising our defensive solidity.

Ultimately, the man of the match award goes to Guaita. His performance today perfectly summed up the trials and tribulations of being a keeper. An error leading to the Spurs goal was undoubtedly more than made up by probably at least three saves out of the very top drawer to ensure we gained that valuable point.

 Two more tough games over the next six days but it’s not beyond our team to get something out of both games.

Up the Palace!”


31 VICENTE GUAITA (8) – Made a howler for the opening goal after a couple of very good saves to keep us in it before that, but he excelled in the second half with a couple more brilliant save to earn the point.

17 NATHANIEL CLYNE (6) – Defended well but struggled to get his passes away. It is clear that watching Clyne play for Palace again, it is an advantage to have pace in this position which he uses to his advantage.

24 GARY CAHILL (6) – Solid display from the centre back who continued to organise from the back and is quietly building a very good partnership with Kouyate.

8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Played well alongside Cahill at the heart of the defence and dealt with most that came his way, only guilty of a couple of rash challenges around the edge of the penalty area.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Defensively sound and got forward at every opportunity to support the attack. Had a good chance from a free kick but failed to hit the target.

4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (CAPTAIN – BOOKED!- 7) – Another booking for the captain which he can count himself unlucky with. It is no coincidence that we look good going forward as a number of his passes set the likes of Eze and Zaha on their way. Replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) on 73 minutes, mainly because he was on a yellow and to throw some fresh legs into the midfield.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7) – Busted a gut throughout this match with another busy display, breaking up play a number of times and frustrating the opposition.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (8 – GOAL!) – Slow start but got into some good forward positions as the game wore on. Crunching challenge on Lo Celso just proved the commitment in this game.

25 EBERECHI EZE (8) – Continued where he left off against West Brom and drifted central as often as he could to link up with Zaha and Benteke. Always a threat and hit the post with one effort right before the break. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) on 89 minutes to slow the game down in the latter stages.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7) – Bright start with the first couple of chances of the game and always put pressure on the opposition. Unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet again.

20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (8) – Played the lone striker role well by bringing Zaha, Eze and Schlupp into play with flick- ons and hold up play. After last week, looked to have renewed confidence. Had a great chance for an equaliser but his header from a corner went just over.


1 Jack Butland, 2 Joel Ward, 5 James Tomkins, 9 Jordan Ayew, 23 Michy Batshuayi


1 Lloris, 24 Aurier, 4 Alderweireld, 15 Die, 3 Reguilon, 28 Ndombele, 5 Hojbjerg, 23 Bergwijn, 17 Sissoko, 7 Son Heung-Min, 10 Kane

SUBSTITUTES – 2 Doherty, 12 Hart, 14 Rodon, 18 Lo Celso, (replaced Ndombele on 67 minutes) 20 Alli (replaced Bergwijn on 85 minutes), 27 Lucas Moura, 33 Davies(replaced Regiolon on 84 minutes)


ROY HODGSON –“We were threatening to get the equaliser; it came quite late but it gave us an awful lot of pleasure and I thought we deserved it as well. The supporters were great. I told the players it’s not what they can give us; it’s what we can give them. They got behind us and appreciated it and luckily we welcomed them back on a good day.”

JOSE MOURINHO – “We can look at it in two different perspectives. We had one more point than three hours ago but at the same time you play to win three points. If I look to the game, I would split the first half where the feeling is we have to win it, so we lost two points – but then comes 30 minutes in the second half where they deserved to get the equaliser and you accept it because it’s fair. Then, in the last 15 minutes we could have won it.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Harry Kane (7.9) who also had the most shots (5). The most tackles were by James McArthur and Toby Alderweireld (5) while Jeffrey Schlupp, Wilfried Zaha and Moussa Sissoko (2) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 6.67 – 6.51
  • Total shots: 16 – 13
  • Shots on target: 5 – 6
  • Possession: 44% – 56%
  • Pass success: 80% – 80%
  • Passes: 335 – 447
  • Dribbles: 7 – 3
  • Aerials won: 19 – 9
  • Tackles: 11 – 20
  • Fouls: 15 – 11
  • Corners: 4 – 6
  • Saves: 5 – 4
  • Dispossessed: 14 – 7


Palace move on to 17 points from 12 games which puts them on the fringes of the top ten.


16/12/2020 West Ham United (a) – Premier League (8pm – Prime)

19/12/2020 Liverpool (h) – Premier League (12.30pm – BT Sport)

26/12/2020 Aston Villa (a) – Premier League (3pm – BBC Sport)


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