Palace Sunk By Traore Scorcher In Disappointing FA Cup Exit At Molineux


8th January 2021


Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Crystal Palace


Molineux, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR


Behind closed doors


Referee – David Coote

Assistants – Adam Nunn, Nick Hopton, Leigh Doughty (fourth official)

VAR – Jarred Gillet, Andrew Halliday (assistant)


BOOKINGS – James McCarthy (63), Rayan Ait-Nouri (66) Morgan Gibbs-White (85)

RED CARD – none


Adama Traore (35)


Jack Butland


Palace once again exit the FA Cup in the third round after being outthought and completely out battled against a side that set up to flood the midfield and it worked for the second time this season. To not even threaten the hosts reserve goalkeeper says everything about this performance and we have no other alternative that to concentrate on the league. Palace needed to be better but were yet again found wanting.


1 JACK BUTLAND (7 – TEB MAN OF THE MATCH) – Debut for the former Stoke man and was called upon to make a good save low down midway through the first half and made another excellent save in the second half to keep Palace in the game.

17 NATHANIEL CLYNE (6) – Decent first half defensively but rarely had the opportunity to venture forward and faded in the second half.

5 JAMES TOMKINS (6) – Rarely troubled in the centre of defence in the opening half. Ended up with the armband for the second half and led by example but deserved better than this.

12 MAMADOU SAKHO (CAPTAIN – 6) – The Frenchman returned to the starting eleven with the armband and had a solid first half alongside Tomkins and that was it – was this a goodbye? Replaced by 8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) on 45 minutes who slotted in and did what we he has done all season in his new position.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Back in the side at first as a full back and then pushed forward in the second half where he proved a little more effective with a couple of shots on goal which ended up being deflected.

44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) – Struggled to get into the game in the first half and found his way more in the second period but the jury remains out as to his contribution to this side.

22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6 – BOOKED!) – Did his job in the first 45 minutes by getting his foot in after his first start for a while but could not last the pace. Arguably one of the better performers in the middle of the park for Palace. Replaced by 27 TYRICK MITCHELL (6) on 70 minutes who slotted in his usual position and rarely troubled in his time on the pitch.

9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – Playing out wide for much of the game and grew into it the longer it went on, particularly effective in the second half by putting in a real shift in trying to create something.

25 EBERECHI EZE (6) – First chance of the game fell to him but he blazed over but had very little of the ball in the first half.  Managed to get more of the ball late in the game but failed to provide that cutting a real cutting edge that was needed.

23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (6) – Lack of any real service, ended up feeding off scraps. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) on 85 minutes who could not impose himself in the short time he was on..

20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) – Found it hard to get on the end of anything in the first half other than managing the odd flick-on and rarely contributed in the second half. Replaced by 11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) on 70 minutes who saw plenty of the ball but could not create any real openings.


31 Vicente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 4 Luka Milivojevic, 18 James McArthur, 34 Martin Kelly


21 Ruddy, 22 Semedo, 16 Coady, 27 Saiss, 3 Ait-Nouri, 8 Neves, 37 Traore, 28 Joao Moutinho, 32 Dendoncker, 7 Neto, 17 Fabio Silva

SUBSTITUTES – 2 Hoever (replaced Dendoncker on 85 mins), 11 Rui Patricio, 18 Gibbs-White (replaced Traore on 69 mins), 20 Vitinha, 23 Cutrone (replaced Silva on 78 mins), 42 Richards, 49 Kilman, 54 Otasowie, 60 Corbeanu


ROY HODGSON –“I thought in the second half we had quite a lot of control but we were a goal down to an incredible strike. We have suffered from a few of those in recent weeks. It meant that Wolves could sit back and defend which they did well.  Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi will be a little disappointed and they were both desperate to do well. They both worked extremely well and respected the tactical instructions we had given them but it didn’t fall their way but you must give Wolves credit for that. There weren’t many situations in the game where the keeper was called on to make saves.

Football is a part of life in general. We are part of society and like the rest of society we are a little depressed by what is going on at the moment and not least of all the terrible amount of hospitalisation and death we are suffering. We are still privileged and happy to be playing football. We have to be very careful before we start lamenting that life is hard.”

NUNO ESPIRITO SANTOS – “The FA Cup deserved respect because it is the oldest competition. We want to compete and go as far as possible and we always try. It was a special goal from a special player. I am very happy because I think this goal will boost his confidence. He has been really trying in training sessions and that is why I am so happy. We have to have patience with everybody. It has been a hard season for everybody, all the teams, players and managers. You can see how the situation affects everybody.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Ruben Neves (8.0) while the most shots were from Adama Traore, Fabio Silva and Pedro Neto (3). The most tackles were by Ruben Neves (6) while Adama Traore and Eberechi Eze (2) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating:  6.69 – 6.38
  • Total shots: 13 – 5
  • Shots on target: 5 – 0
  • Possession:  53.4% – 46.6%
  • Pass success: 88% – 84%
  • Passes: 542 – 471
  • Dribbles: 6 – 7
  • Aerials won: 9 – 15
  • Tackles: 17 – 13
  • Fouls: 11 – 9
  • Corners: 4 – 4
  • Saves:  0 – 4
  • Dispossessed: 4 – 13


14/01/2021 Arsenal (a) – Premier League (8pm – Sky)

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