Southampton and Crystal Palace were two teams that had almost guaranteed another season in the Premier League, but a win for either side would likely secure their safety. The Saints went 1-0 up from a James Ward-Prowse corner finding Romeu in the middle. Which wasn’t surprising as Palace have one of the worst records in the league for conceding from set-pieces.
Southampton were the better side in the first half with Palace’s defence looking pressed at times. However, The Eagles were rampant after the break and Eze managed to get the equaliser in the 60th minute.
Wilfried Zaha didn’t start which was a surprise to see, but he came on shortly after the goal and managed to steal the game at the death with a great individual goal in injury time. The final score was 2-1 to Palace which takes them up to 41 points in 12th place.
Keep reading to see the key events in the game and our player ratings for the match here.
- Romeu opened the scoring for Southampton in the first 10 minutes. Ward-Prowse delivered a great corner in and the midfielder was there to head it against the crossbar and watch it bounce in. It was a powerful header, but Guaita should’ve maybe got a glove to it.
- Some good hold-up play by Mateta led to a Palace attack and Bednarek getting a yellow card. However, the referee also Mateta booked for aggression after the challenge from the Southampton defender
- Schlupp delivered a great ball into the area from the left and Gallagher arrived late but couldn’t head on target.
- Guaita looked uncomfortable with a few passes back to him on his left foot. One from Eze he kicked out of play for a corner as he was put under pressure from the Southampton striker.
- Some nice link-up play between Schlupp and Mateta led to the Frenchman getting a good shot away, but Forster saved it easily at his near post.
- Ayew was called up for a sliding studs-up tackle on the edge of the Southampton area and rightly received a yellow card.
- Gallagher crossed the ball and a deflection off Ward-Prowse looked like it was going to take in over Forster for a second but it went just over the bar.
- A late chance in the first half from a corner from Eze found Ayew who glanced it on goal. Forster parried it away but only as far as McArthur who managed another headed effort on goal, but the Southampton keeper saved it comfortably.
- Early pressure from Palace led to a penalty appeal from a cross and a chance for Mateta from another Gallagher ball in.
- Bednarek was all over Eze on the halfway line with both arms around him and really should’ve had another yellow. Lucky for him that it was still early in the second half so the ref let it go.
- A chance fell to Schlupp but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet to score a tap in on the edge of the 6-yard box.
- Ayew played in Clyne on the overlap and the right-back swung in a great ball which found Eze at the back post. He hit it first time with his left foot and it went between the legs of Forster to make it 1-1 to Palace. This was Eze’s first goal in 11 months!
- Zaha came on for Mateta in the 64th minute although it looked like Eze was going to make way before he got the equaliser.
- Gallagher was furious after being taken down in the penalty area with the ref waving it away. VAR deemed that there wasn’t enough in it for a penalty, maybe this was because Gallagher was already stumbling when the challenge came in.
- Another chance for Palace in the 73rd minute as Schlupp came off for Olise.
- Zaha played a great through ball to Olise who could’ve shot with his right but he tried to cut it back onto his favoured left foot which allowed the defender to make a vital tackle.
- Will Hughes got a run out after he came on for the goal scorer Eze in the 83rd minute.
- McArthur played the ball into Zaha who had his back to goal on the edge of the area. He had a lot to do, but he managed to turn with two touches, get a shot away, and watched it hit the post and go in! Taking Palace 2-1 up in the 92nd minute of the match.
This was Crystal Palace’s first win from behind all season something that Patrick Vieira would’ve wanted to change and Zaha did exactly that. A great effort from The Eagles and it was great to see the amount of quality on the bench today.
You can see the short match highlights 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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