Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton: Match Report

 

Goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg secured the Saints’ first Premier League victory this season as Crystal Palace lose their third consecutive game.

Ings gave Southampton the opener in the 47th minute with a cool-slotted finish under Wayne Hennessey before Hojbjerg’s injury-time finish in the 92nd minute secured the points.
Substitute Charlie Austin missed a penalty following a handball from Aaron Wan-Bissaka midway through the second-half, but the visitors doubled their lead to condemn Palace to their third loss of the season.
Crystal Palace dearly missed their talisman Wilfried Zaha who missed the game at Selhurst Park due to a groin injury.
The game began lively and it was Southampton that had the first chance in the 20th minute through Shane Long. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s dinked cross fell to the feet of Long, but Wan-Bissaka combined with Mamadou Sakho to block what looked like a certain goal.
Christian Benteke squandered the greatest opportunity to score his first Premier League goal of the season in a disappointing first-half for the Belgian. Wan-Bissaka’s dangerous cross into the box was missed by Alex McCarthy to present Benteke with a free header, but he could only head wide of the post.
With Southampton dominating the possession, they almost took the lead through an own goal as Luka Milivojevic’s diving header was magnificently saved by Hennessey.
Just two minutes into the second-half, the Saints took the lead through Ings as a lack of concentration between Sakho and Martin Kelly allowing the Englishman to prod the ball under Hennessey.
Southampton had an ideal opportunity to go two-up when Wan-Bissaka’s handball gifted Southampton a penalty in the 64th minute. Austin’s penalty was saved by Hennessey’s boot and moments later, the Welshman produced a faboulous save to deny Nathan Redmond before Elyounoussi smashed his close-range rebound onto the crossbar.
Benteke could’ve equalised for the hosts in the final minute, but his point-blank header was saved by McCarthy and arguably the Belgian really should have been scoring from there. With Palace throwing bodies forward, they were caught on the counter-attack and Hojbjerg took the ball round Hennessey to roll the ball into the back of the net and secure all three points for the Saints.

Team News 

Zaha was removed from the squad at the last-minute due to a groin problem and Wan-Bisska returned to the first-team following his suspension in the home game against Liverpool.
Southampton kept their side unchanged from their 2-1 loss against Leicester City in the Premier League.

Statistics

  • Crystal Palace have failed to score in consecutive home games for the first time under Roy Hodgson.
  • Southampton have won five of their last seven away league games against Palace, losing the other two.
  • Crystal Palace have lost all 10 Premier League games since the start of last season without Zaha.
  • Danny zings has scored in three consecutive away games for the first time ever.

The Managers

Roy Hodgson: “There’s nothing that has been happening in our training or the way we’ve been approaching games which would suggest that we wouldn’t be as good as we’d be in the first three games but we certainly weren’t.
“It might just be that football does things to you sometimes and we came across a very determined, aggressive and athletic Southampton team who ask questions of us and unfortunately for us, we weren’t able to supply the answers.”
Mark Hughes: “Palace have got a lot of good players they can call upon but it was more about us being able to control the game for long periods.
“Everybody is in a better frame of mind when you can win before an international break and we’ve been able to do it. That will help our confidence when everybody comes back in 10 days or so.”

Man of the Match – Alex McCarthy

The man was unplayable at times between the sticks for Southampton. He denied Benteke on a few occasions and he sustained the Saints’ lead with a number of key saves that earned his side a crucial away victory

Up Next?

Crystal Palace travel to Huddersfield after the international break on September 15. Southampton host Brighton on Monday Night Football on September 17.

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