In a week of trials and tribulations for Palace fans due to the season ticket debacle, this Palace side came of age even at this early stage of the season in what was an impressive performance finished off by a super sub.
11th September 2021
Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU
Referee: Jonathan Moss. Assistants: Marc Perry, Timothy Wood. Fourth official: Tony Harrington. VAR: Jarred Gillett. Assistant VAR: Lee Betts.
BOOKINGS – Japhet Tanganga (53), Wilfried Zaha (54), Lucas Moura (81), Conor Gallagher (89)
RED CARD – Japhet Tanganga (58)
Wilfried Zaha (76, pen), Odsonne Edouard (84, 90)
Wilfried Zaha (84)
It has been some time since we have witnessed such a performance from a Palace side. Yes, we have enjoyed and celebrated results but this was different and we could well be seeing something special starting to develop under the guidance of Patrick Vieira.
Whether or not the Eagles took advantage of some absences in the visitors ranks or them being a man down for much of the second half, this display cannot be underestimated with every player contributing. Seeing Wilfried Zaha with a smile back on his face was quite something and while there impressive individual performances from a number of players, in Odsonne Edouard we could well have a new goal scoring hero, the likes of which we have not seen in a while.
It took the Frenchman 28 seconds to score on his debut, a Premier League record and completed his eight minute cameo with a second in injury time to top a fantastic result for the hosts. Us fans at Palace love a striker that can put the ball in the net, and there have been many over time, and on this showing it looks like we have another to adore.
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.
“Before giving a review of the game, I thought the atmosphere at our ‘Coliseum’ was excellent…. our fans were loud and proud for the whole game. It certainly matched the intensity of what was produced on the pitch by our team.
I am sometimes sceptical about possession statistics but the 62%/38% in our favour reflected the complete dominance of the performance. More important was the way we used that possession, with control when required, but with purpose in the key areas of the pitch when attacking.
Gallagher’s energetic box to box style sets the tone in midfield with a consistent objective to win the ball high up the pitch. Spurs very rarely had time to create any threat going forwards with attacks often broken up in the early phases of their possession. Some Spurs fans would argue that the sending off early in the second half affected the result but it coincided with a real spell of dominance and threat by Palace.
Zaha was back to his best. He was a constant thorn down the left flank especially when he received the ball early allowing him the opportunity to attack one on one against the opposing full back. The penalty award and subsequent conversion by Zaha was richly deserved and unlike last season when we would have attempted to close up shop, we continued to attack and maintain momentum. As a result we were richly rewarded in the final ten minutes of the game.
Edouard replaced Benteke deep into the half and with his first touch producing a neat finish followed by a second in added time. We have in Benteke a very decent target player but in Edouard we have maybe signed a clinical finisher inside the box. The type of forward we have missed for far too long.
Overall, a high tempo established and maintained with and without the ball, technically very good in possession and a cutting edge when it mattered. Arguably one of our most dominant and best all round performances since promotion in 2013. An outstanding team performance with Gallagher and Zaha my special mentions in dispatches. Nine more wins required as soon as possible! Up the Palace!”
1 Vicente Guaita (7), 2 Joel Ward (7), 16 Joachim Andersen (7), Marc Guehi (7), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (7), 23 Conor Gallagher (8), 8 Cheikhou Kouyate (7), 18 James McArthur (captain – 7), 9 Jordan Ayew (7), 11 Wilfried Zaha (9), 20 Christian Benteke (7)
1 Jack Butland, 4 Luka Milivojevic (replaced Kouyate on 67 mins – 6), 5 James Tomkins, 7 Michael Olise (replaced Ayew on 86 mins – 6), 12 Will Hughes, 17 Nathaniel Clyne, 22 Odsonne Edouard (replaced Benteke on 84 mins – 8), 34 Martin Kelly, 44 Jairo Riedewald
1 Lloris, 12 Leite de Souza Junior, 25 Tanganga, 15 Dier, 3 Reguilon, 29 Skipp, 5 Holbjerg, 8 Winks, 20 Alli, 10 Kane, 27 Lucas Moura
SUBSTITUTES – 2 Doherty, 11 Gil, 14 Rodon (replaced Dier on 12 mins), 22 Gollini, 28 Ndombele, 33 Davies (replaced Winks on 60 mins), 44 Scarlett, 49 Omole, 54 Markanday
POST GAME QUOTES
PATRICK VIEIRA – “It was a really good team performance. We started the game well, with a lot of energy. We competed well, managing to win the ball high. I’m really pleased with the performance. I think there’s still more to come from this team but we competed well with calm and concentration on the details. I was really pleased with the way we defended as a team because we didn’t give them a lot of space to create chances. If you want to win games you have to be consistent in that.”
NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO – “We didn’t play a good game. I thought it was going to be tough here, but we didn’t perform as we showed before, and, honestly, I believe we should be much better. There were too many obstacles during the game, always trying to find solutions, so it was a tough day for the boys. After going down to 10 men, it becomes much harder. We have to analyse it but we have a lot of work to do.”
- Man of the match: Wilfried Zaha (8.7)
- Most shots: Conor Gallagher (6)
- Most tackles: Lucas Moura (5)
- Most dribbles: Wilfried Zaha (6)
- Team rating: 7.12 – 6.26
- Total shots: 18 – 2
- Shots on target: 4 – 1
- Possession: 62.3% – 37.7%
- Pass success: 83% – 74%
- Passes: 498 – 314
- Dribbles: 14 – 12
- Aerials won: 12 – 18
- Tackles: 17 – 16
- Fouls: 13 – 15
- Corners: 8 – 2
- Saves: 1 – 1
- Dispossessed: 8 – 7
POSITION IN THE TABLE
At the final whistle, Palace were 11th in the Premier League table with 5 points from 4 games played, level with Brentford in 10th and Villa in 12th.
18/09/2021 Liverpool (a) – Premier League (3pm)
27/09/2021 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) – Premier League (8pm)
03/10/2021 Leicester City (h) – Premier League (2pm)