Roy Hodgson returned to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon with Watford to face The Eagles. Palace won 1-0 and probably would have scored a couple more if it wasn’t for some good saves from Ben Foster.
Watford’s place in the Premier League was pretty much already up before the match, but the loss here confirmed that. Watford looked poor with sloppy passes all over the pitch and not enough service to their attacking players.
They’ll now be on the hunt for a new manager for the 2022/23 Championship campaign as Hodgson already confirmed that he won’t be there next season. It was great to see that he got a warm welcome from the Palace fans, although the balloons did halt the start of the match.
- Guehi almost scored from an Olise cross but it bounced onto the top of the net. If only he could’ve got over it a bit more.
- Eze won the ball back well and then played in Olise who went for goal but the Palace fans watched it sail over. Zaha and Edouard were available to the left and right calling for it too.
- Zaha had a scuffed effort on goal. Too easy for Foster. Palace looked dominant in the first 10 minutes.
- Penalty for Palace as the ball hit the arm of Kamara in the area. VAR took a long time to confirm it as the defender claimed that there was a push from Olise. It was a gentle touch, definitely not a foul. Zaha stepped up and calmly converted it passed Foster to make it a deserved 1-0.
- Watford’s first real effort was a free header for Samir but the ball got a deflection and went out for a corner.
- Guehi had another great chance to get on the scoreboard from a header. But it was a good reaction save from Foster.
- Zaha played in Olise who wasn’t on his favoured foot and had an effort on goal, Foster pushed it over for a comer but it was probably going over anyway.
- Guehi went down injured at the end of the first half but after a few minutes of stoppage and some treatment he was fine to carry on.
- Some great footwork from Edouard allowed him to wriggle away from the defenders and get a shot away which went through Foster’s legs but hit the post and bounced out.
- Gallagher came off for Schlupp in the 62nd minute.
- Hughes went in late and picked up a yellow card. He’s never afraid to go hard into a tackle so it wasn’t surprising that he picked up a card.
- Red card for Kamara after picking up a second yellow both from having to deal with Olise down Palace’s right side. Not a good day for him after giving away the penalty and getting sent off.
- Guehi was forced off with an injury in the 71st minute. Mitchell came on for him and went to left back with Ward going inside to left centre back.
- Mateta got 10 minutes after coming on for Zaha in the 82nd minute.
- King got booked after a late barge on Andersen. No need for it and this summed up Watford’s frustrating afternoon.
- Olise whipped in a ball that found Mateta who headed low but Foster got down to save it well.
- Schlupp was played in and had the strength to hold off the defender before getting a shot on target. Foster was there again to deny Palace another goal.
- Olise got booked for a cynical trip on Sema as he went to break on the counter.
Crystal Palace vs Watford Match Summary
Crystal Palace were dominant from the start and Watford never looked like a threat going forward. The 1-0 scoreline was favourable for The Hornets, but it did mean that they join Norwich in being relegated to the Championship.
Vieira’s men can be happy with the performance and the win, but they’ll be wanting to continue this winning run right up until the end of the season. We’ll have to wait and see the extent of Guehi’s injury too.
You can watch the highlights of the match below.
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Match Report
Crystal Palace and Arsenal got the new Premier League season underway on Friday night with the Gunners coming out on top 2-0. It was a disappointing result for the Eagles, especially as they looked in control of the game in the second half. That said, Palace didn’t have many goal-threatening chances and Arsenal deserved to win.
- A great run from the new Arsenal signing Gabriel Jesus led to Martinelli getting a shot away that went wide.
- The away side were the hungrier of the two in the opening 10 minutes with Zinchenko having a shot on goal.
- Arsenal got the opening goal in the 20th minute through a Martinelli header from a corner. Zinchenko was left unmarked and got the ball back across the box for the Brazilian to head home. Goals from set pieces was a weakness of Palace’s last season too.
- Ramsdale was lucky after a poor clearance hit Edouard and could’ve gone anywhere.
- The Arsenal keeper then made a great save from a header from Edouard. Palace’s best chance of the first half.
- The Frenchman had another two efforts on goal but the Arsenal defence threw themselves in front of them both.
- Early in the second half, Zaha played a lovely ball to Eze who hit it straight at Ramsdale. He really should’ve scored.
- Mateta came on for Edouard in the 58th minute after the Frenchman couldn’t convert.
- Guehi got in a muddle under pressure from Jesus who had only Andersen to beat, but the Dane stood his ground and blocked the shot.
- Milivojevic on for new signing Doucoure in the 75th minute.
- Saka got the ball down the right flank and looked to cross it into the box, but it hit Guehi on the head and into the back of the net. Not his best performance in a Palace shirt.
- Two final substitutes for Palace were Ebiowei for Eze and Hughes for Schlupp in the 86th minute.
Palace were miles better in the second half of the match and if they’d created more and taken their chances then the score could’ve been different. Even though it was a defeat, there are still positives to take from the game.
I was unable to embed the highlights from Crystal Palace’s YouTube channel so here they are on Arsenal’s.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Match Report & Highlights
Crystal Palace played hosts to a Manchester United on the final day of the season. After a disappointing loss to Everton a few days earlier, Vieira and the Palace players wanted to end the season on a high and did so with a 1-0 win over United. This was the first home win against Man United in the Premier League and since May 1991.
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi made his first senior start for The Eagles after he’d appeared as a sub earlier in the season against Chelsea. Joel Ward replaced an injured Marc Guehi at the centre of defence and took up the captain’s armband for the game.
Keep reading for the match key points and to see the highlights.
- A deflected shot from Bruno Fernandes fell to Cavani who scuffed the shot but managed to get it on goal. Guaita was still wrong-footed from Fernandes’ shot but managed to stretch to save the ball from going in.
- Schlupp got the ball to Zaha who was 1v1 with the defender on the left, he made enough space to get a shot off with his left foot, but De Gea saved it well.
- Guaita had to save another effort from Cavani which he tipped onto the bar, but the ref blew as he claimed there was a foul by the United striker.
- Edouard played a lovely flick through to Schlupp who hit the ball first time with his left but De Gea saved well again, this time with his knees.
- Zaha received the ball just outside the area and was running at Dalot who couldn’t get tight enough. He got it onto his right foot and rolled it through Lindelof’s legs into the net. 1-0 to The Eagles.
- A penalty appeal on Fernandes was waved away, but United still had the ball and Hanibal Mejbri had an effort from the edge of the box which Guaita had to tip over the bar.
- Kouyate came on to strengthen the midfield in the 66th minute for Rak-Sakyi as United appeared to be more of a thread in the second half.
- A cross into the area led to Andersen having to clear the ball, but he almost looped it into his own goal.
- Palace had to deal with a corner, but McTominay was left unmarked at the far post and allowed to get a header on goal. But, it was comfortable for Guaita who saved easily.
- Eze had looked bright against Everton in the first half, but he got just over 10 minutes after coming on for Edouard.
- McArthur was on the bench after coming back from a slight injury and he managed to get a run out when replacing Hughes in the 82nd minute.
- To be fair to United, they kept attacking and McTominay had another half chance in stoppage time as he volleyed over from outside of the area.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Report Summary & Highlights
Here are the highlights of the game below.
The clean sheet for Palace meant that no team had scored at Selhurst Park since February. It’s also Palace’s best defensive record in the Premier League and they scored more goals and got more points than last season.
The players, staff, and the Crystal Palace owners will look back at this as a successful transition season. 48 points in 12th place and getting to an FA Cup semi-final are all great achievements that can be built on next season.
It will be another busy transfer window for The Eagles as there are seven Palace players out of contract and not all of them will get extensions. There’s also the question of what will Conor Gallagher decide to do now that he goes back to Chelsea.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights
Everton went into the game needing three points to stay up, but Palace didn’t roll over and were 2-0 up in the first half. The home side managed to pull a goal back though in the first 10 minutes of the second half through Michael Keane.
This goal gave the Everton fans some hope and something to cheer about which pushed the players to get a second in the 75th minute. The third goal to keep Everton in the Premier League came in the 85th minute from Calvert-Lewin.
Fans stormed the pitch after that final goal which meant there were seven minutes added on at the end. But, Palace couldn’t find an equaliser and the match finished 3-2.
- Mitchell whipped in a great cross and Ayew went for a diving header but it was well off the target.
- Richarlison stepped up for a free kick from just over 20 yards out and it smashed against the bar. After seeing the replay it was a great save from Butland who tipped it onto the woodwork.
- In the 21st minute, Palace took the lead from an Eze free kick. It was a delicious delivery and Mateta was there unmarked to get on the end of it and head home.
- Will Hughes was booked for tripping and then a minute later Jordan Ayew joined him in the book.
- For the second goal, Mateta stole the ball from Coleman on the halfway line and ran down the left flank before delivering a ball in. It was a poor parry away from Pickford who only got it as far as Zaha on the edge of the area. He had a shot on goal which Pickford saved, but it fell to Ayew who touched it in with the lightest of headers. 2-0 to the Eagles in the 36th minute.
- Everton got a goal back in the 54th minute from a set piece. The ball was floated in from a free kick on the halfway line, Holgate nodded it down to Keane who took one touch and then hit it in with his left foot.
- Will Hughes didn’t look 100% comfortable so he was replaced in the 57th minute for captain Luca Milivojevic.
- Some great football from Palace, which started with Mitchell, and then switched to the right side before finding Mateta in Everton’s area, and Pickford was forced to make a good save.
- Schlupp who had performed well in the first half made way for Conor Gallagher in the 74th minute.
- Everton got level through a Richarlison goal. Coleman found Alli on the left who went for a cross and Andersen couldn’t clear only for the Brazilian to follow up and loop it into the goal, 2-2.
- Goalscorer Mateta came off in the 81st minute for Christian Benteke.
- This comeback gave The Toffees the confidence to get another and they did 10 minutes later in the 85th minute. It was from another free kick, this time from Gray and Calvert-Lewin was there to get on the end of it.
- Everton fans stormed the pitch after the goal to celebrate and it took a long time for them to get them off. Even the Everton players were telling them to get off as the game still had time to run.
Match Report & Highlights
Amazing scenes for all Evertonians, but a disappointing result for Palace who were 2-0 to the good. After the second Everton goal, it didn’t look like the Eagles were going to be able to go for the win which is how Everton got a third.
Everton fans invaded the pitch again after the final whistle to celebrate. But one fan goaded Vieira as he waked to the away team changing rooms on the other side of the pitch from the dugout. There are videos online that show the fan swearing at Vieira in his face and then the Palace manager having enough, grabbing him and giving him a kick to the ground.
As has been reported by TalkSport, players and managers need more protection as it only takes one idiot to cause serious harm, like what happened with Billy Sharp in the Forest vs Sheffield United match.
The match highlights can be seen below.
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