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Millwall vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Player Ratings



The south London derby between Millwall and Crystal Palace was always going to be a feisty, energetic, and tight match. With three of Palace’s regular players away for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), it meant that Olise had his chance to start on his favoured right-wing instead of Ayew.

Eze also made his first start of the season after being out with his Achilles injury and had only made two appearances from the bench all season. This was the first time that the two teams met in a competitive fixture since April 2013, almost ten years ago.

First Half

Palace kicked off towards the Millwall fans at The Den and it was the Lions that came out on the front foot hitting the top of the crossbar within minutes. As expected in a derby like this, tackles were flying in early making it a scrappy start for both teams.

Hughes was lucky to get off without a booking for his challenge on Ojo as Anthony Taylor didn’t even award a free-kick. Afobe hit a first-time shot six yards wide of the goal and could have easily opened the scoring.

Gallagher and Saville both went up for a header and Gallagher got an accidental elbow to the eye. He was good to continue after a quick check from the physio.

17 minutes into the match and the scoring was opened by Millwall after a huge error from Palace’s keeper, Butland. Millwall’s high press resulted in him panicking and losing the ball to Tom Bradshaw before Afobe slotted it home. Viera wants Palace to play out from the back and this is what can happen when the keeper hasn’t adapted to this style.

For the first 20 minutes, Millwall was dominant and hadn’t allowed Palace into the game. Schlupp was able to get a couple of shots at goal, but nothing to test the keeper. Schlupp managed to pick up a yellow card for arguing with the ref, a cheap one to pick up so early.

The match became scrappy again with tackles flying in and Palace complaining at the refereeing. Taylor even went to have a word with Viera on the touchline to tell him to reign it in.

Palace started to get a hold of the game pushing Millwall back and Gallagher had a curler go wide by a few inches. Guehi brought down Ojo who was tricky down the right side all afternoon and he was lucky to not be booked. The free-kick presented Bradshaw with a chance that he fluffed, but it was ruled offside by the linesman, even though it wasn’t on the replay.

The game continued to be heated with Saville going into the back of Andersen who gives him a gentle slap on the face after. The ref let both go and carried on with the game.

One of Palace’s final chances of the first half fell to Eze, but Saville was there again, this time to get the ball and put it wide for a corner. Viera and the Palace players were screaming for a penalty, but the decision was correct as it was an amazing tackle.

Andersen was involved again, this time with an off-ball coming together with Malone after he thought he was pulled down in the area from the corner kick. Millwall had Andersen rattled and it was lucky it was the end of the first half as the game needed a break or it could have become more heated.

Second Half

The Eagles came out for the second half all guns blazing and within one minute from the kick-off, Olise turned his man inside to curl home Palace’s first goal with his favoured left foot, it hit the post and went in. Millwall fans will argue that the goal would have been disallowed if the FA Cup had VAR in place as Mateta was marginally offside in the run-up to the goal. 

A couple of minutes later and Olise was still causing Millwall havoc down the right side. He had an identical attempt, but this time the ball hit the post and bounced out. Palace was on the front foot still and Olise could have had a hat-trick in the opening 10 minutes of the second half if he’d converted all his chances.

Millwall’s George Saville went off injured after 50 minutes for Maikel Kieftenbeld to replace him in the midfield. This seemed to help Palace’s momentum with Eze getting more of the ball to run at them. He caused Millwall’s Bermondsey boy, Billy Mitchell, to foul him and pick up their first yellow card of the afternoon.

Two minutes later, Olise whipped the ball into the box for the unmarked Mateta to head home, making it 2-1 to Crystal Palace. It appeared to be an easy goal, but hats off to Mateta who wasn’t involved much in the first half.

Mateta started today after the rumours emerged late in the week that his loan deal could be cut short for a permanent move to Saint Etienne from Mainz.

Palace looked comfortable at this stage of the match after the nervy first half and Millwall had to make a change to their formation moving to four at the back. Mason Bennett replaced Alex Pearce and made a difference to the energy of the team.

Two minutes later in the 64th minute, Mateta and Eze were replaced by Edouard and Benteke which looked like it might signal more trouble for Millwall.

However, that wasn’t what happened, Millwall kept pressing Palace and Conor Gallagher even made a couple of wayward passes to gift the ball back to them. It was his first game back after being out with an illness for the previous two matches and it could tell.

Ojo, one of Millwall’s brightest players of the match came off in the 80th minute and made way for Nana Boateng to make his senior debut for the Lions. This was along with two other Millwall substitutes who were going all out to get an equaliser. At the same time, Viera brought off Will Hughes, who didn’t look best pleased, for former captain, Milivojevic.

Millwall kept on the pressure and had a few close chances from crosses down the right side. Mitchell couldn’t get tight enough to stop the crosses. Claims of handball rose when the ball hit Guehi in the box, but it was clearly not a penalty. It just missed Boateng’s foot who would have maybe been offside though.

Jack Butland was booked for time-wasting by Anthony Taylor as he’d been taking his time on multiple occasions. A few straightforward saves came his way in the last 10 minutes and he dealt with them well. Matt Smith who had scored in the FA Cup against Premier League sides (Liverpool and Everton) before saw his header fly straight into Butland’s arms. It needed a lot more power on it to cause him trouble.

Unfortunately, the game was marred from the start by Millwall fans booing the Palace players taking the knee as well as homophobic chants directed at Gallagher.

Both sets of fans were also involved in throwing items onto the pitch such as flares and bottles. This behaviour was condemned by both managers after the game and will no doubt be looked into by the FA.

Crystal Palace Player Ratings

  • Olise – 9
  • Hughes – 7.5
  • Mateta – 7.5
  • Gallagher – 7
  • Eze – 7
  • Schlupp – 7
  • Guehi – 7
  • Andersen – 7
  • Butland – 6
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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights



Mitchell battling with Almiron whilst Guehi comes away with the ball

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.

First Half

  • 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.

Second Half

  • 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

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Crystal Palace vs Brentford Match Report & Highlights



Wilfried Zaha being fouled against Brentford FC

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.

First Half

  • 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.

Second Half

  • 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

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Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Match Report



Joachim Andersen and Erling Haaland speaking in their club kits

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.

First Half

  • 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.

Second Half

  • 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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