This turned out to be a real test of Patrick Vieira’s management credentials as the Eagles found themselves two goals down at the break, but two inspired substitutions by the Frenchman proved that he has what it takes at this level.
3rd October 2021
Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester City
Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: David Coote. VAR: Jarred Gillett. Assistant VAR: Neil Davies
BOOKINGS – Ryan Bertrand (29), Youri Tielemans (46), Joachim Andersen (78), James McArthur (83), Harvey Barnes (90)
RED CARD – none
Kelechi Iheanacho (31), Jamie Vardy (37), Micheal Olise (61), Jeffrey Schlupp (72)
Harvey Barnes (37)
Two defensive errors left Selhurst stunned at half time as Palace were two goals down to the visitors after performing well for half an hour. But this talented bunch of players showed another side to their game as they simply do not know when they have been beaten. The two goals were handed to Leicester by two uncharacteristic defensive mistakes by Andersen, a player that has been a giant at the back so far this season. That did not deter this Palace side though and the introduction of the skilful Olise and the fleet of foot Schlupp by Vieira proved to a masterstroke as they both found the back of the net. The Eagles could well have gone on to win the game with Edouard hitting the bar as well but this was a well deserved point.
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.
“I cannot remember the last time we have come back from two goals down but all credit to the belief and resilience by our players to ultimately secure a well deserved point.
The first half was succinctly summed up by defensive errors and missed opportunities. There was almost disbelief amongst our supporters that having controlled most of the half, we ended up two goals down as our players left the pitch. The second half was a different matter. Our fans support once again increased in volume and the players responded, defensively much tighter, and a greater consistent threat in the final third.
We were rewarded with two goals by Olise and Schlupp after astute well timed substitutions by Vieira. From bringing the game back to level pegging, we could easily have gone on to gain all three points.
On a less positive note, three defensive errors in the last two games have arguably cost us four points and it’s clear that we still haven’t found that clinical edge to convert chances when dominating phases of a match. Vieira and his coaching staff will undoubtedly attempt to make improvements in both those aspects of our play. What mustn’t be forgotten though is that we are approaching games with a higher tempo and purpose attempting to play a more possession based style. It’s clear that we are playing with an entertaining style which our supporters appreciate to the full.
A mention in dispatches today to James McArthur but my man of the match goes to Joel Ward. His tactical nous and positioning shone. On a separate player point, Olise must start in the forthcoming games. He is a talent. There is much to be positive about as we approach the second international break of the season.
Up the Palace!”
1 Vicente Guaita (6), 2 Joel Ward (7), 16 Joachim Andersen (5), Marc Guehi (6), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (6), 23 Conor Gallagher (6), 4 Luka Milivojevic (captain – 6), 18 James McArthur (6), 9 Jordan Ayew (6), 11 Wilfried Zaha (7), 22 Odsonne Edouard (7)
SUBSTITUTES – 1 Jack Butland, 5 James Tomkins, 7 Michael Olise (replaced Ayew on 53 mins – 7), 8 Cheikhou Kouyate, 12 Will Hughes, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (replaced Gallagher on 71 mins – 7), 17 Nathaniel Clyne, 20 Christian Benteke (replaced Edouard on 85 mins – 6), 34 Martin Kelly
1 Schmeichel, 27 Catasgne, 4 Soyuncu, 23 Vestergaard, 5 Bertrand, 37 Lookman, 20 Choudhury, 8 Tielemans, 7 Barnes, 14 Iheanacho, 9 Vardy
SUBSTITUTES – 10 Maddison (replaced Iheanacho on 71 mins), 11 Albrighton (replaced Lookman on 80 mins), 12 Ward, 17 Perez, 18 Almarty, 21 Pereira, 22 Dewsbury-Hall, 29 Daka, 42 Soumare (replaced Choudhury on 60 mins)
POST GAME QUOTES
PATRICK VIEIRA – “It was really difficult at half-time because we created enough chances to score and we didn’t. At the other side, we got punished straight away with the mistakes that we made But this is a process we have to go through and learn. We are going through the process in a really tough way, but all the credit to the players because we showed a lot of character and we managed to get back and score those two goals. We almost won the game at the end.”
BRENDAN RODGERS – “It is disappointing. I thought we went in front against the run of play. I didn’t think we played so well, but we always look like a threat when we’re on the attack. We scored very good goals, but throughout the game, we didn’t look solid defensively in the final 25 yards of the pitch. With the international breaks, that’s something that gives us chance to reflect and assess where we can be better in that aspect in our game.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Kelechi Iheanacho (7.7) as Conor Gallagher and Jeffrey Schlupp (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Tyrick Mitchell (5) while Wilfried Zaha (5) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.54 – 6.72
- Total shots: 18 – 9
- Shots on target: 4 – 5
- Possession: 59.8% – 40.2%
- Pass success: 80% – 69%
- Passes: 548 – 379
- Dribbles: 14 – 9
- Aerials won: 19 – 15
- Tackles: 16 – 30
- Fouls: 15 – 11
- Corners: 1 – 3
- Saves: 3 – 2
- Dispossessed: 25 – 13
POSITION IN THE TABLE
At the final whistle, Palace were 14th in the Premier League with 7 points from 7 games, a point behind Leicester in 13th and level with Watford in 15th
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23/10/2021 Newcastle United (h) – Premier League (3pm)
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