Palace 0-1 Saints
A freak Jay Rodriguez goal saw Southampton take away the points from Selhurst Park in a frustrating afternoon for the hosts. A Jason Puncheon error allowed his former team to steal in on the break and score the only goal of the game that was dominated by referee’s Howard Webb’s whistle.
Let’s face it, it was one extremely frustrating afternoon. Afternoons like this optimise the Premier League for me as a Crystal Palace fan. There is no denying that they are better than us yet they never got out of first gear yet defending in such a fashion that we never looked like scoring. I suppose that we can take it as a compliment that on the occasions that we did look like getting into goal scoring positions they cynically fouled our players to stop them.
The frustration is born out of thinking that we were in the game when, in reality, we simply were not.
Red or Yellow
Was Lovren’s foul on Bolasie a sending off or only a yellow?
I have seen both cases argued. I have looked at it over and over. I also watched Nathaniel Clyne time and time again in his Palace career get back with his pace and prevent certain goal scoring opportunities.
In this case, however, I can only see that Lovern has stopped a clear goal scoring opportunity and think that Clyne is half a yard away from getting over to cover and even if he does he would be on the wrong side of Yala and more likely to commit a foul than stop him from getting a shot off on goal
In short, Howard Webb has bottled yet another big decision. I will not lay out examples of this... just read this brilliant piece of analysis to understand what I mean.
Draw a Fair Result?
Would a draw have been a fair result? On the balance of the play I think it would have been. Other than the catastrophic Jason Puncheon error, Southampton never looked like scoring and besides from the Lovren foul, neither did we.
Could Southampton kicked it up a notch if the game was still 0-0 in the second half? That we will never know the answer to.
Man of the Match: Scott Dann
Thought he defended really well and twice found passes that actually put us into very good attacking positions. Best of a bad bunch if I am honest though.
Pretty shoddy. Good in patches in the first half but allowed the proceedings of the match to affect our output which is very unusual at Selhurst Park.
Up Next: Sunderland
Probably the biggest game of the season so far. A win and we are 5 points clear of them and suddenly their two games in hand do not look so threatening. Lose and we are below them with two chances to fall further behind. Away win number three of the season is absolutely essential!
Come on you Palace!