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Here's Mark Gardiner with his thoughts on the 1-0 defeat to Southampton
Palace’s limitations were show up this afternoon in a dismal home defeat that featured one shot on target in the whole game, and – Jedi’s risible free kick aside – not one effort on gaol at all in the second half, when Boruc could have taken a half-day holiday for all the work he had to do. The manner of the winning goal was wholly in nature with the rest of the performance, coming from our corner and featuring a nightmare contribution from Jason Puncheon. Southampton had some decent footballers but hardly set the match alight, Julian being almost as unemployed as his opposite number.
There were three changes to the Palace XI: Moxey replaced Parr at left back; Puncheon returned against his old team on the right wing, with Bolasie switching to the left and Ledley turned up in the hole in a 4-2-3-1 formation, which was the 4th different position he’d played in within 7 days; finally Murray started in the sole striker’s role.
The first half was played in unfamiliar sunshine and was a fairly level affair, with barely an effort on goal by either side in the first 30 minutes. Southampton played some pretty possession football and probably had the edge but seldom forced Julian into work apart from picking out a couple of crosses; there was one excellent save from a close-range header that turned out to be offside but that was it. Both Dann & Delaney made important interceptions with foot or head. Bolasie was again proving to be Palace’s main threat but Puncheon on the other flank was having a terrible game, once having a clear run down the wing only to automatically check inside and stop a move. Jedinak looked well off the pace while KG seldom looked likely to create anything. Murray was doing well off scraps of possession but Ledley’s best work was in defensive duties, leaving Glenn terribly isolated. Once again Palace conceded the ball too cheaply.
The goal came just when Palace had imposed a little pressure with a second corner. The ball was cleared to the halfway line where Puncheon appeared to have any danger covered. Somehow he managed to lay the ball back short for Rodriguez to pounce, perhaps thinking of the pass to Moxey. Julian nearly rescued the situation with a tackle 30 yards out but as both players went to ground Rodriguez found the ball at his feet and rolled the ball home. It was the sort of blunder schoolboys don’t get away with. Puncheon’s game, already in tatters, never recovered, and Palace were suddenly playing without any cohesion. Lambert’s cross-shot beat Julian but rebounded from the post as Southampton pressed for the kill. Stoppage time saw two rarities in one moment: a Palace shot on goal and from Bolasie at that, smothered by Boruc. Southampton’s reply saw Julian beat away a swerving effort with the last play of the half.
Surely changes needed to be made? Who would come on for the hapless Puncheon? There was a long list of potential candidates: Jerome, Thomas, Ince, Bannan, Gayle. Yet for unfathomable reasons Pulis, so quick to make interval changes last week, left the same team to dig themselves out of the hole, although KG did try to push forward more often. Bolasie almost forced an opening, suddenly breaking free to bear down on goal until being upended by Louvren. There was a defender roughly level with the pair so referee Webb was probably justified in not sending the defender off but it was a tight call; Jedinak took the free kick and nearly found the Whitehorse Lane executive boxes; we didn’t know it but that was to be our only effort on goal for the rest of the game.
Palace put in a lot of effort but Puncheon’s wretched game continued, while Ledley lacked the creative spark to help Murray, despite putting in hard work. Bolasie threatened and even managed some good crosses, but Louvren & Fonte dealt capably with these deliveries. Finally Ince came on the right for the hapless Puncheon, while Jerome replaced KG and pushed up alongside Murray, but it didn’t improve matters much, Jerome finding himself offside on a regular basis. Thomas came on late for Bolasie and managed some dangerous deliveries but none that found a Palace head. We huffed & puffed but the Saints’ brick house wasn’t blown down. A chance missed to pull away from the bottom three, and Pulis’s delay in changing the team around should be the subject of hearty debate. Do we need a more creative player like Bannan in a midfield three, or start with a second striker, at home?
Speroni – 6 – Two good saves in the first half from Speroni, although one was offside anyway, and so nearly bailed Puncheon out with a sliding challenge that knocked Rodriguez over but didn’t see the ball bounce kindly – mind you it was looking for a second like a possible red card for Julian! Twice rushed kicks from the ground when he had more time to trap the ball but got away with it.
Ward – 6 – Mixed performance from Joel who had some good moments with sharp tackles but whose passing was sometimes misdirected. His corners were equally variable in quality.
Moxey – 6 – Plenty of effort but his passing & positioning was suspect at times as ever. I don’t think he could do anything over the goal, expecting Puncheon to deal with the ball, but would be interested to see the replay.
Dann – 7 – Important defensive work often dealing with crosses into the box. I thought his lack of pace might be a weakness today but his positional play helped a great deal.
Delaney – 6 – Only marginally behind his central defensive colleague but defended well against a varied attacking force.
Jedinak – 4 – I thought he looked a yard off the pace today, perhaps a legacy of the week’s international, not winning as many balls as usual, while his passing was generally poor, although there was one exception that set Bolasie free. Summed up his & the team’s performance with a woeful apogee of a free kick.
Dikgacoi – 4 – Anonymous in the first half but at least pushed on in the second.
Ledley – 6 – Didn’t do much in his starting position behind Murray but worked hard in all other areas of the pitch, both defensively and later on out wider.
Puncheon – 3 – Started poorly then made the unforced error that set up the goal. After that it just got worse... It would have been a mercy to take him off – he was walking long before the board came up for him – but for reasons unknown Pulis kept him on long after there was any chance of redemption.
Bolasie – 7 – Again Palace’s most potent threat, although that is comparatively speaking. Like most wingers promises more than he delivers, but there has been a gradual improvement in the last few games. He even managed to keep a shot low & on target! Some magic movement set up his run on goal ended by Louvren.
Murray – 6 – Worked hard but often far too isolated until Jerome arrived. Was caught offside a few times early on and never really saw a sight of goal.
Ince – 5 – Came on but had absolutely no influence on the game, barely seeing the ball apart from a couple of decent free kicks.
Jerome – 5 – Tried hard but caught offside far too often.
Thomas – 6 – Managed far more in terms of crosses in his limited time on the pitch than Puncheon managed in over an hour.
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The continuation of our new feature as we get an away fan to give us their post-match thoughts. This week, Southampton fan Sam Dobson.
It was far from our best performance, but I thought we deserved the three points on the balance of play.
I thought Palace had a lot more about them than they did at the reverse fixture at St Marys. Pulis has clearly stamped his image on the team, making you a lot more organised and disciplined.
We found it difficult to break you down for much of the game, but you were clearly slightly susceptible to counter attacks, and with the rate at which we break, there was always a strong chance that you would get caught out at some point.
We defended our lead pretty comfortably, and with the exception of Yannick Bolasie I don’t think any of your attacking players really troubled us too much.
It was nice of our old friend Jason Puncheon to help us out with an assist. From what I’ve heard he’s done fairly well at Selhurst recently, but he didn’t really cover himself in glory on this occasion.
I do sincerely hope that Palace stay up this season. With Fulham seemingly doomed now we can’t have another London side go down. Selhurst Park is one of those rare grounds that still generates a good atmosphere within the home end, and it’s a fixture which most Saints fans look forward to.
From what I’ve seen there probably are a few worse teams, so I reckon you will be just about ok.