Improved Performance But Palace Should Have Buried Leeds At Selhurst

Off the back of three consecutive losses, Patrick Vieira wanted a reaction and while the result was not quite what he had in mind, the players put in a performance to be proud of giving the Frenchman something to build on in the remaining games of the season.


25th April 2022


Crystal Palace 0-0 Leeds United


Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU


Referee: Darren England. Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, James Mainwaring. Fourth official: Graham Scott. VAR: Jarred Gillett. Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton.


BOOKINGS – Joachim Andersen (45), Daniel James (50), Joel Ward (51), Diego Llorente (77)

RED CARD – none






This was an entertaining game which was much about the offensive attitude of the hosts against a side trying to stave off the threat of relegation who offered very little. The only thing Palace can be accused of in this game was not putting away one of the chances they created as they did pretty much everything else but score. It is games like these that they must find a way of putting the ball in the net. However, it was much improved performance from the Eagles and while they did not secure the win, there were plenty of positives to take from the result both from an individual and team perspective.


1 Vicente Guaita (7), 17 Nathaniel Clyne (7), 16 Joachim Andersen (7), 6 Marc Guehi (7), 2 Joel Ward (7), 23 Conor Gallagher (7), 18 James McArthur (8), 10 Eberechi Eze (7), 9 Jordan Ayew (6), 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta (6), 11 Wilfried Zaha (9)

SUBSTITUTES – 1 Jack Butland, 5 James Tomkins, 7 Michael Olise (7 – replaced Ayew on 67 mins), 8 Chiekhou Kouyate, 12 Will Hughes, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (6 – replaced Eze on 79 mins), 20 Christian Benteke (6 – replaced Mateta on 84 mins), 22 Odsonne Edouard, 34 Martin Kelly


1 Meslier, 2 Ayling, 14 Llorente, 6 Cooper, 15 Dallas, 43 Klich, 23 Phillips, 10 Raphinha, 19 Rodrigo, 22 Harrison, 20 James

SUBSTITUTES – 3 Firpo, 5 Koch (replaced Klich on 45 mins), 13 Klaesson, 21 Struijk, 26 Bate, 30 Gelhardt (replaced Rodrigo on 74 mins), 35 Cresswell, 42 Greenwood (replaced James on 59 mins), 54 Kenneh


PATRICK VIEIRA  “Today I’m really pleased and really happy with the way we started and finished the game. The only thing missing was a bit of quality with the finishing and the decision making in the final third. We had chances to score goals but didn’t take them.

“Overall it was a really good team performance and a good tempo. I wanted the team to perform better than against Newcastle and we did – all that was missing was a goal.

“Against Newcastle we didn’t compete well. The way we played today shows we will play every single game as well as we can and that’s what I wanted from the players.”

JESSIE MARSCH – “We as a group were disappointed with the performance but it’s a big point that gets us closer to our overall goal. A night where we bend but we don’t break, we know the point was valuable. After 16 days off it was never going to be easy to have game fitness or sharpness but we showed the mentality to fight for everything.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (9.0) who also had the most shots (7). The most tackles were made by Diego Llorente (6) while the most dribbles were by Wilfried Zaha (8)

  • Team rating: 6.98 – 6.84
  • Total shots: 17 – 9
  • Shots on target: 7 – 2
  • Possession: 52.7% – 47.3%
  • Pass success: 75% – 68%
  • Passes: 431 – 389
  • Dribbles: 24 – 8
  • Aerials won: 26 – 19
  • Tackles: 14 – 30
  • Fouls: 12 – 13
  • Corners: 6 – 3
  • Saves: 2 – 7
  • Dispossessed: 14 – 7


Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 38 points from 33 games played, 2 points behind Southampton in 13th and a point ahead of Villa in 15th.


30/04/22 Southampton (a) – Premier League (3pm)

07/05/22 Watford (h) – Premier League (3pm)

15/05/22 Aston Villa (a) – Premier League (2pm)


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