Crystal Palace player ratings as Targett and McGinn inflict first Selhurst Park defeat on Eagles

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Vicente Guaita – 6

Couldn’t do a great deal about the goal as Targett smashed it low through bodies in the box. Wasn’t called upon too many times after except for McGinn’s goal which most keepers wouldn’t have kept out.

Tyrick Mitchell – 5

Less influence than usual going forward but managed to get into the game more during the second period. Had a good bit of interplay with Zaha at times and dealt with Leon Bailey and Ashley Young well when required.

James Tomkins – 5

Drafted into the team to replace Joachim Andersen but didn’t cover himself in glory for the first goal, mistiming his jump before Matt Targett smashed past Guaita.

Marc Guehi – 6

Missed the presence of Andersen alongside him but did put in a few good tackles at important moments. Grabbed his second goal in as many Palace games late on.

Joel Ward – 6

Made several good interceptions to cut out Villa attacks and looked much more composed in the second period as Palace sought to dominate possession more.

Luka Milivojevic – 4

Poor first 45 minutes from the skipper whose passing was especially wayward. Tried to push up at times but was exposed when doing so as Villa regularly bypassed the midfield in the first half.

Cheikhou Kouyate – 4

Got the crowd going a couple of times early in the first half with some great recovery tackles but still doesn’t have the energy in midfield to get forward and back. Was unorganised at the corner and failed to spot the danger from Targett.

Conor Gallagher – 6

Energetic as always but didn’t have the same attacking output that Palace fans have grown to expect.

Wilfried Zaha – 5

Good chance to open the scoring after making space for himself on the edge of the box but just dragged the effort wide. Was more involved in the second half but didn’t manage to make many chances or force the ball into the box.

Christian Benteke – 6

Had some half-chances in the first half but sent a header over the bar and was held off by Tyrone Mings for another.

Michael Olise – 6

Barely got a chance to run at the Villa defence in the first half as Palace’s midfield was overrun. The second half saw him get the ball at his feet a lot more and showed glimpses of his link-up with Eze.

Substitutes

Eberechi Eze (for Milivojevic 59′) – 6

Some good touches of the ball in what was his first appearance since suffering an Achilles injury in training back in May.

Odsonne Edouard (for Zaha 70′) – 7

Showed some great awareness to set up Benteke on a good run before getting a shot away himself shortly after. Will be hoping to get a start again soon after this cameo.

Jordan Ayew (for Olise 87′) – N/A

Source by Football London

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