Crystal Palace entertained Swansea City at Selhurst Park on Saturday in a game which has been billed as the season’s first 6-pointer.
While I think it is far too early in the season to label games a ‘6-pointer’ I do feel it is more apt to label this as a game neither team could afford to lose.
|Crystal Palace||0-2||Swansea City|
|Benteke 10′, Ward 77′, Cabaye 79′, Puncheon ’90+4||Yellow Cards||Fer 80′|
|Goal Scorers||Abraham 44′, Ayew ’48|
The Expat Eagle’s Verdict
They say that statistics can prove and disprove what is true. With that in mind the statistics for today’s game belies how utterly fucking terrible we were today.
According to the statistics we had more than double the amount of attempts at goal than Swansea and while that must be true, an attempt on goal can be a shot from 50-yards out that goes 40 yards wide.
In fact, one such attempt in the first half wouldn’t have looked out of place at Wembley this afternoon in the Ruby League Cup Final as James Tomkins shot from outside the box only to see the people in the hospitality boxes behind the Whitehorse Lane end duck for cover.
In attempting the speculative shot Tomkins pulled his groin and had to leave the field, replaced by Kelly.
In truth, we didn’t trouble the Swansea goal in either half and the three saves the Swansea keeper was forced to make were fairly run-of-the-mill saves that were never going to threaten the goal line technology system.
But it was the introduction of Kelly which would have an influence in both of Swansea’s goals.
The first saw Kelly out wrestled by Swansea’s loanee from Chelsea who got goal side of him and poke the ball past Hennessey.
Just after half time Kelly saw a header of his saved on the line by the Swansea keeper and moments later Swansea scored their second goal and it was the most galling of the two.
Swansea played the ball out of defence which Kelly intercepted and attempted to poke the ball past a Swansea player just over the half way line only for the player to block the ball and play a first time pass through to Ayew.
Hennessey, in his wisdom, decided to come out of his area to try and clear the ball. It didn’t look like his heart was really in it and kicked it against Ayew’s outstretched leg and the result was it rebounded towards goal.
Ayew followed the ball towards the goal in case it needed helping over the line. It didn’t and it pretty much killed the game off.
Like I said, we had some moments but they were not so much attempts at goal but attempts at attacking.
We were mainly toothless going forward, mostly clueless in midfield and generally shambolic in defence.
I’ve said it before that Frank de Boer needs money to buy the tools to do the job. The next 5 days will be massive for Crystal Palace and if de Boer is a failure it will be down to Steve Parish, not the manager.
Parish is the one who appointed a manager with a specific style of play and not backing him n the transfer market when he knew we didn’t have the players for the system.
Verdict: Unless we add quality to the squad we will be in deep, deep trouble before Christmas arrives. It’s going to be a long, long autumn.
|Crystal Palace (352)||6.25||Swansea City (352)||7.09|
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Match rating courtesy of WhoScored.
|Ball Possession %
Match statistics courtesy of WhoScored.