Schlupp Off Bench To Grab Deserved Point For Palace At Villa

In what was an entertaining game that really had nothing riding on it, there was plenty for the Eagles to take from the result even if they should have arguably returned home with all three points.

DATE

15th May 2022

RESULT

Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace

VENUE

Villa Park, Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6HE

OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Kavanagh. Assistants: Harry Lennard, Nick Hopton. Fourth official: Martin Atkinson. VAR: David Coote. Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring.

DISCIPLINE

BOOKINGS – Mings (9), Gallagher (14), Jean-Philippe Mateta (71), Odsonne Edouard (76), Cheikhou Kouyate (89)

RED CARD – none

GOALS

Ollie Watkins (69), Jeffrey Schlupp (82)

ASSISTS

Lucas Digne (69)

TEB VERDICT

Palace go four games unbeaten with this late draw at Villa Park and that leaves two games of the campaign remaining to try and grab a top ten finish. The Eagles had much of the game at Villa Park but were hit by a sucker punch as the hosts took the lead when they were on the back foot. Regardless, Palace continued to carve out chances and it was only a matter of time before the equaliser came.

PLAYER RATINGS

1 Jack Butland (6), 17 Nathaniel Clyne (6), 8 Cheikhou Kouyate (6), 16 Joachim Andersen (7), 6 Marc Guehi (7), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (6), 23 Conor Gallagher (7), 4 Luka Milivojevic (7), 10 Eberechi Eze (7), 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta (6), 11 Wilfried Zaha (6)

SUBSTITUTES – 2 Joel Ward, 9 Jordan Ayew, 12 Will Hughes, 13 Vicente Guaita, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (7 – replaced Eze on 78 mins), 20 Christian Benteke (6 – replaced Milivojevic on 78 mins), 22 Odsonne Edouard (6 – replaced Mateta on 71 mins, 34 Martin Kelly, 49 Jesrun Rak-Sakyi

OPPOSITION LINE-UP

1 Martinez, 2 Cash, 4 Konsa, 5 Mings, 27 Digne, 6 Douglas Luiz, 19 Nakamba, 23 Coutinho, 7 McGinn, 11 Watkins, 20 Ings

SUBSTITUTES – 8 Sanson, 10 Buendia (replaced Ings on 71 mins), 15 Traore, 16 Chambers (replaced Konsa on 50 mins), 18 Young, 25 Olsen, 33 Chukwuemeka, 41 Ramsey (replaced Nakamba on 66 mins), Iroegbunam

POST GAME QUOTES

PATRICK VIEIRA – “I’m really happy with the performance. I think, from the first minute, we played well and we managed to control the game. We showed quality and we showed character to get back into the game and manage to take a point. I was really pleased [with the reaction to going behind] because it wasn’t easy to concede that goal. We didn’t deserve to concede that goal and we showed quality and character to fight and to find the strength to get back into the game and to score that goal.

“From where I was, I thought it was a foul. There is a player who played the ball and they are the ones who played the player but I have not had the chance to look at it again. That was from my angle.

“We tried our best, but when we get to the last third we don’t always make the correct decisions and, of course, we need to keep working and keep improving. But this is one of the areas that, next year, we have to be better in because I think there was a space for us today; with the way we played, the situation and the chances we created, we should score more than one goal.”

STEVEN GERRARD – “I think Patrick will say it was a fair result. We’re a little bit frustrated. It was a good battle. We improved a lot in the second half. We expect to score more than one goal and we’ve conceded naively on a set play. Credit to Ollie for pulling through after injury. Maybe a lot of other players wouldn’t have put their body on the line today. If you can’t win the game it is important to take something from it.”

MATCH STATISTICS

The Who Scored man of the match was John McGinn (7.4) while Philippe Coutinho, Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by John McGinn (6) as the most dribbles were by Conor Gallagher (6)

  • Team rating: 6.70 – 6.65
  • Total shots: 13 – 16
  • Shots on target: 4 – 4  
  • Possession: 49.1% – 50.9%
  • Pass success: 82% – 84%
  • Passes: 456 – 465
  • Dribbles: 4 – 8
  • Aerials won: 10 – 18
  • Tackles: 20 – 12
  • Fouls: 11 – 15
  • Corners: 1 – 5
  • Saves: 3 – 3
  • Dispossessed: 9 – 10

POSITION IN THE TABLE

At the final whistle, Palace were 11th in the Premier League with 45 points from 36 games played, a point ahead of Villa in 12th and 3 points behind Brighton in 10th.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

19/05/22 Everton (a) – Premier League (7.45pm)

22/05/22 Manchester United (h) – Prem

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