Man City 5-1 Palace
Manchester City sent Crystal Palace packing with a resounding 5-1 win at the Etihad. The visitors missed chances at key points in the match but with the hosts looking like they would score on every attack, it is questionable if it would have made much difference to the eventual outcome.
Scott Dann, booed by the City fans for injuring Sergio Aguero at Selhurst Park in the Premier League meeting last month, made an early error that allowed Kevin de Bruyne in but the Belgium fired wide – after that almost every chance found the back of the net for the hosts.
Wilfried Bony first scored with an impressive header, under pressure from Adrian Mariappa, but in attempting to make the save Wayne Hennessey finger-tipped the ball past Jordon Mutch on the line, who would have otherwise cleared.
The impressive Kelechi Iheanacho then squared the ball to de Bruyne for a tap in just before half time to all but end the contest.
Palace were guilty of missing a string of chances though. Mile Jedinak had a header cleared off the line, Joe Ledley blazed over from eight yards with the goal all but gaping and Patrick Bamford missed after Wilfried Zaha had given the Chelsea loanee half an empty net to aim at.
Iheanacho then got the goal he deserved, Toure scored from the spot after a foul from Damien Delaney on Bony and Iheanacho turned provider again to set up 17 year old Manu Garcia to score in the dying seconds.
“The team really needs one of our strikers to come alive”
Pardew touched on the Patrick Bamford miss in his interview and it although it sounds like stating the obvious, we do need a striker to score a goal.
Before last night we have often been guilty of not creating chances for the centre forward but a goal really was put on a plate for Bamford and he found a way to miss. After doing well when he came on against Leicester I was really disappointed that he didn’t follow it up in this one. If he scores there, perhaps he gain some confident and recaptures his form of last season when he scored so many goals in the Championship for Middlesbrough. As it currently stands, I wouldn’t be too fussed if he never pulled a Palace shirt again.
“Wickham and Chamakh are both training again” was music to my ears from Pardew.
Man of the Match: Yannick Bolasie
Got smashed in the head and need multiple stitches but did well to play on, set up a goal and was involved in everything good we did going forward. The ball to Zaha that created the chance for Bamford is something that has been missing from his game this season – so hopefully the knock on his head will be the start of the season for him!
Up Next: Manchester United
Both of us are coming off the back of horrendous results. Here’s hoping our reaction is stronger than theirs.
Come on you Palace!