Crystal Palace’s woeful home start to the season continued as a Matt Doherty strike secured a 1-0 win for an impressive Wolves team away to the Eagles on Saturday.
The promoted side’s fourth win in five sees them move up to 7th in the table behind Bournemouth in the European places. Palace are still without a win or a goal at home this season and again looked strong on the defensive end yet dull and lost on the attack. Only Huddersfield and the Londoners are without a home goal this season.
That being said, if not for a man of the match performance from goalkeeper Rui Patricio between the sticks, Palace definitely by some means could have had more from the game. The Portuguese shot stopper produced a fantastic double save to deny Palace an equalizer amongst others.
Palace made one change from the defeat to Bournemouth replacing Max Meyer with Jeffery Schlupp. Whilst Wolves set a record before kickoff, becoming the first team to name the same starting lineup for their first 8 games. Palace started the brighter of the two but continued the trend in their recent form of creating a scarce amount of clear-cut opportunities.
Wolves have only scored one goal prior to 45 minutes this season and continued the theme. The deadlock was broken shortly after the restart as Matt Doherty cut in from the right and slotted past Hennessey in the 54th minute after a quick one-two with Jiminez. This was his second goal in his last four games as well as his third goal involvement.
Substitute Cavaleiro smashed the bar late in the game from outside the box shortly after Jeffrey Schlupp’s strike was blocked by Willy Bolly.
Keeper Wayne Hennessey produced the standout display from a reoccurring poor Palace side. His save from Jiminez in the first half was special and will go down as one of the saves as the season. Full backs Wan-Bissaka and Van Aanholt were again the stand out outfield players in another depressing attacking showcase. Roy Hodgson evidently needs to find a way to create more chances from the players he has in the absence of Benteke. Jordan Ayew headed just over from a corner but appeared more involved today. Star man Wilfried Zaha again wasn’t involved enough to impact the game in the ways everyone knows he can. Palace need to start finding goals sooner than later before they slip further down the table. Christian Benteke’s is expected to return soon but other than that Palace can’t afford to wait till January in their search for goals.
After the international break Palace are away to Everton on the 21st October whilst Wolves host Arsenal.
Starting lineups and ratings:
Hennessey(6), Wan Bissaka(6), Tomkins(5), Sakho(6), Van Aanholt(6), Milivoijevic(6), McArthur(5), Schlupp(5), Townsend(5), Zaha(6), Ayew(5)
Meyer (62′) (6),Kouyate (72′)(5), Sorloth (82′)(5)
Rui Patricio(9), Doherty(8), Boly(7), Coady(7), Bennett(8), Jonny(7), Neves(7), Moutinho(6), Costa(6), Jota(7), Jiminez(70
Cavaleiro (75)(6), Saiss (84)(5), Traore (87′)(6)