Crystal Palace and Hartlepool United F.C. met in the fourth round FA Cup tie on Saturday 5th February. The capacity at Selhurst Park was full with over 5,000 travelling away fans from the North East including Jeff Stelling who is from Hartlepool.
Mateta made his first start for Palace after signing permanently in the January transfer window. With Zaha only just coming back to training, on either side of him he had Eze and Olise. Milivojevic started in the centre of the park replacing Will Hughes in that role and he had Gallagher and Schlupp alongside. Martin Kelly started at centre-back with Guehi to his left and the normal Ward and Mitchell on right and left-back. Butland remained in goal after the win in the third round of the FA Cup against Millwall.
It took Palace only four minutes to get the first goal and it came after a free-kick was whipped in by Olise for Marc Guehi to get on the end of it and get his third goal of the season. Hartlepool fans can argue that the foul that led to the goal was a soft one.
Hartlepool didn’t let their heads drop after this early goal though. They piled on some pressure and had an effort on goal but it was a comfortable save for Jack Butland.
Olise and Ward down the right flank were fundamental for Palace with many overlap balls leading to crosses into the box.
Then, in the 22nd minute of the match, a poor goal kick from Hartlepool’s keeper allowed Gallagher to knock the ball to Olise who then had one man to beat before slotting it down the keepers near side.
At two goals up Palace remained calm and kept a strong formation so that Hartlepool couldn’t counter, but they could when the time was right.
Early in the second half, Mateta hit the post from a few yards out, and then Mitchell wasn’t able to finish it on the rebound from a similar distance. Quite easily could have been three and game over.
Hartlepool’s keeper then kept them in the game by saving two shots one after another from the goalscorer Olise. Mateta also had a great effort on goal after some nice build-up play, but Killip again kept the League Two side in the match.
At 2-0 up, Vieira made three changes in the 71st minute with the following players coming on:
- Edouard for Eze
- Hughes for Schlupp
- Clyne for Mitchell
It’s not often that Mitchell comes off, but with a big match against Norwich midweek, it was a good idea to rest these players.
Hartlepool’s debutant Morris had a good effort on goal which forced Butland to make a sharp save. Benteke came on for Mateta in the 80th minute and then in the 86th Adaramola for Joel Ward.
Hartlepool looked better in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to challenge the Eagles who controlled most of the game after being 2-0 up at halftime.
Crystal Palace Player Ratings
- Olise – 9
- Eze – 8
- Gallagher – 8
- Milivojevic – 8
- Butland – 8
- Ward – 8
- Mateta – 7
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights
Crystal Palace’s trip up to Newcastle finished in a goalless draw, but there was some controversy over a disallowed goal for the home team. Newcastle looked the better side in the match and Guaita put on a solid performance to deny them a goal.
Palace looked better in the second half and if their strikers were in-form they could’ve got a goal. Both sides had chances to score and both keepers had good games to keep the other side from scoring. A cagey game, but Palace will be pleased with a point from this away match at St. James’ Park.
- Zaha had an early shot on goal from the edge of the area after Eze’s free-kick was defended well by Newcastle. It had decent power but it was straight at Pope.
- Eze was caught in possession leaving Palace vulnerable at the back, but fortunately, Mitchell recovered well to win the ball back with a vital tackle.
- Andersen’s failed long ball fed Isak in for a one-on-one chance with Guaita, but the Spaniard stayed tall and managed to deny the Swede his second Premier League goal.
- Mateta received the ball in the area, spun to create room to get a shot away and force a good reactionary save from Pope.
- Palace struggled to get the ball out of their box and it only went as far as Almiron who had a shot that got a deflection and then hit the post. Guaita stood still and wouldn’t have saved it had it been on target.
- There was a late chance at the end of the first half for Eze but the shot with his weaker left foot was too easy for the keeper.
- Newcastle awarded a free kick after obstruction from Guehi near the halfway line. A good ball in from Trippier led to an own goal from Mitchell. It was then disallowed due to a foul on Guaita, although it wasn’t really a foul as Mitchell had pushed Willock into Guaita causing the foul.
- A cute little dinked-in ball fell for Almiron but he thrashed the volley wide.
- Ayew played in Mateta but he was too far out and the shot was too soft to cause the keeper any fear.
- A free-kick from Olise was cleared but only as far as Doucoure on the edge of the area, but he was well wide of the target.
- Pope made a great save after Edouard wriggled free to get a good shot on goal, could have been 1-0 to Palace had it not been for great keeping.
- Down the other end, Guaita made an equally great save after Isak played in Willock who hit it low in the left corner of the goal. Both keepers kept their sides in the match.
- Willock should’ve scored from a corner from six yards out, but he didn’t connect with the ball right and it sliced wide.
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Highlights
Crystal Palace vs Brentford Match Report & Highlights
Crystal Palace and Brentford faced each other at Selhurst Park in the first-midweek match for both teams. The first half was a stalemate, but Palace went ahead early in the second and looked in control of the match. That was until the last 10 minutes when Brentford upped the pressure and Palace sat back to defend.
The two clubs drew both games last season 0-0, and the first of this season has been another draw, although there were goals in this fixture. Zaha made his return after missing the match with Manchester City and he got his fourth goal of the season with a well-placed shot. There was good news that Tyrick Mitchell also featured from the bench after going off early against Man City at the weekend.
Keep reading to see the match’s key events as well as the highlights at the end of the article.
- Palace started well even under pressure from Brentford. Schlupp had an early shot to test the keeper, but it was comfortable for him to save.
- Olise made his first start in the Premier League season and immediately looked dangerous on the right flank. He cut inside and powered until he found space to shoot, but it was also too easy for the keeper.
- A cross from Brentford played back in my Toney found his teammate who couldn’t react quick enough to head it on target.
- Early in the second half, Schlupp had enough time in Brentford’s box to place his shot, but he again hit it straight at the keeper.
- Olise was still looking dangerous cutting in on his strong left foot from the right and he managed to curl a shot away and hit the post. Was very nearly 1-0 to the Eagles.
- On the other side of the pitch, Zaha received the ball, opened up his body, and let curl with his right foot finding the back of the net to make it 1-0. That’s his fourth of the season and he doesn’t look to be slowing down.
- Olise had another near miss, this time from the right wing cutting back and forth on either foot before going with his left and dragging the side just wide.
- Some quick build-up play from Brentford led to a dangerous cross where Wissa was unmarked and able to head home in the 88th minute to equalise. Neither Guehi nor Mitchell picked up the Brentford attacker which made it an easy finish.
- Brentford turned up the pressure even more after this goal with Guaita having to make an important save.
- Ben Mee also saw his effort on goal from a corner hit the crossbar. It could’ve so easily ended in a loss for Palace had these last couple of chances gone in.
Crystal Palace vs Brentford Highlights
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Match Report
Crystal Palace went into the match with Manchester City as the only team to beat them at the Etihad at the 3:00 pm kickoff in the last 54. So, when Palace went 2-0 up in the first half, it felt like they may do it for the third time.
The Eagles were without top goalscorer for the season Wilfried Zaha as he was out with a knock to his knee. His absence was evident when City came out all guns blazing in the second half and Palace struggled to have any chances.
Disappointingly, City came back just as they did against Newcastle the week before, however, this time they scored making the final score line 4-2.
Keep reading our Manchester City vs Crystal Palace report for the key events in the match and the highlights at the end.
- Palace started the game strongly and Ayew won an early free-kick down the right just outside City’s box. Eze stepped up and whipped in a great ball, but it missed all the Palace players and ended up going in the net off of John Stones’. 1-0 to Palace.
- Jordan Ayew was involved again when he shielded the ball out for a Palace corner but he caught Cancelo in the face with his arm/elbow. No card was given and Palace took the corner.
- Eze whipped in another great ball from the corner and Andersen headed it home to make it 2-0 to the away side.
- Some excellent build-up play from Palace led to Doucoure getting the ball just outside of their box, he launched a powerful shot but it was straight at Ederson.
- Palace should have maybe had a third goal as Edouard sneakily took the ball out of Ederson’s hands as he went to roll it out. Ayew then passed it into the net, however, the ref had blown for a foul against Edouard. Whether the ball had fully left the keeper’s hands was contentious.
- City started the second half as expected, hungry to get a goal and start their comeback. With less than 10 minutes played, Bernardo Silva had got one back through a great run and then a shot that deflected off of Schlupp to go in.
- Shortly after this first goal, Silva had another chance on his weaker right foot but he couldn’t get it on target to equalise.
- Pep made two early changes bringing on Gundogan and Alvarez.
- A cross into Palace’s box ended up finding Foden unmarked at the back post and having time to chip it back in for Haaland to attack it with his head and make it 2-2.
- City looked dangerous and it wasn’t long until they went ahead. A short corner led to about five one-touch passes in the Palace penalty area with the ball eventually reaching Haaland at the back post for a tap-in. 3-2 to City.
- Haaland got his hattrick after making a great run in between Andersen and Ward with Gundogan playing in a perfectly-weighted ball for the Norwegian to receive and then fire home with his left foot.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Highlights
Crystal Palace can be proud of their first-half performance against City away from home, it was just a shame that they couldn’t hold onto their lead. Manchester City’s quality shone in the second half easily equalising and then getting the winners.
If you want to watch the highlights from the match, you can do so below.
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