Crystal Palace Edges Aston Villa

Crystal Palace defeated Aston Villa 2-1 in a tight English Premier League match at Selhurst Park on Saturday.  Palace was welcomed by a colossal atmosphere as they looked to get their first home points of the season.  After a cagey start, the match would open up in the second period as both managers went for the win.

It would be Alan Pardew’s men who would edge the visitors as Pardew became the first Eagles manager to win twelve games in the Premier League.  The previous four matches between the two teams had also been close affairs and on a scorching hot day it did not look as if this one would be any different.  In the 25th minute play was stopped by referee Keith Stroud to allow a water break as per the rules that state if temperatures rise above 30 degrees Celsius, referees are compelled to allow a 90-second drinks break.

The half would end goalles as good build-up play and poor finishing prevented either side from gaining an advantage.  It was the hosts who showed more intent at the start of the second period with two positive substitutions as Dwight Gayle and Jordan Mutch were introduced at the expense of Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray.  In the 59th minute it looked as though Pardew’s gamble had payed off as a Gayle shot deflected off James McArthur and into the back of the net before it was disallowed for offside.

In the 71st minute it would be 1-0 to Palace as Scott Dann’s towering header beat Brad Guzan.  The London club was still celebrating in the 77th minute when Adama Traore, the new Villa winger went past two defenders before his deflected shot beat Alex McCarthy at the near post.  Industrious play from Dann in the 87th minute would create an opportunity for Bacary Sako, as Dann pinched the ball off Jordan Amavi before cutting the ball back for Sako who finished well and got himself a goal on debut.

Crystal Palace travel to Stamford Bridge next to play Chelsea, before they host Manchester City at home.

Crystal Palace:

Alex McCarthy, Joel Ward, Damien Delaney, Pape Soure, Scott Dann, James McArthur, Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako, Glenn Murray

Subs: Dwight Gayle, Martin Kelly, Patrick Bamford, Chung-yong Lee, Wayne Hennessey, Jordan Mutch

Aston Villa:

Brad Guzan, Ciaran Clark, Leandro bacuna, Jordan Amavi, Micah Richards, Ashley Westwood, Idrissa Gueye, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Grealish, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Rudy Gestede.

Subs: Nathan Baker, Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout, Mark Bunn, Adama Traore, Alan Hutton, Scott Sinclair.