Premier League

  • S. Dann 71’
  • B. Sako 87’
  • 77’ P. Souaré (OG)
Premier League
Selhurst Park


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      Guzan, after a long delay to take a goal kick, ends up sending it right into the dugouts. Moments later, Cabaye shoves Agbonlahor to cap what has been a poor first half from Palace's much-anticipated signing.
    • 90'
      Not much happening in added time, with Palace doing well to keep the ball away from their own half. Some character shown by the Eagles too, responding to the setbacks of a disallowed goal and a Villa equaliser.
    • 45'
      Into the first of three minutes of added time, which is pretty much all down to the drinks break tacked on during the middle of the opening period. Neither side seem in any hurry to make the most of the extra period.
    • 90'
      Puncheon clips the heels of Traore, who was set to embark on another one of those barnstorming runs. However, given that the substitute was on the edge of his own box, there was no need for Puncheon to come in that hard. Deserved booking.
    • 0'
      That's my cue, Keeghann Sinanan here, signing off and hoping you enjoyed this as much as I did.
    • 0'
      This has been a match for Premier League introductions, as two EPL new boys make decisive contributions. Traore came off the bench for Villa to force an equaliser with a devastating run, but Sako had the last laugh for Palace with a clutch winner. However, the most influential player may well have b
    • 0'
      And that will do it for the opening 45 from Selhurst Park. Goalless between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, with Agbonlahor spurning the only real chance of the match as his low finish was saved by McCarthy. Neither side has really come out on top, leaving us with a second half that has all to play
    • 0'
      Jack Grealish has returned to the Villa lineup in place of Jordan Veretout, while Copa America star Carlos Sanchez steps into the middle of the park for Scott Sinclair. Jordan Ayew also makes way for Rudy Gestede, who makes his third appearance since joining from Blackburn in the summer.
    • 0'
      Yannick Bolasie has been dropped from the matchday squad, and has been replaced in the XI by Bakary Sako, who makes his Palace debut. Glenn Murray also steps into the starting lineup for Connor Wickham, who will also play no part today at Selhurst Park.
    • 0'
      Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan; Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Amavi; Sanchez, Westwood, Gueye; Agbonlahor, Gestede, Grealish.
    • 0'
      Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): McCarthy; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; McArthur, Cabaye; Puncheon, Sako, Zaha; Murray.
    • 0'
      Palace have won three and lost only one of their last six encounters with Villa, but their last four meetings in the English top flight have produced only three goals total. If Villa win here, it would be the second straight time that they've started a Premier League season with back-to-back away wi
    • 0'
      Aston Villa also began their season with a victory, sending newly promoted Bournemouth 1-0. However, that would be the scoreline by which Manchester United would overcome them last Friday. Still, it's a mark of the improving strength of the Premier League that clubs like Palace and Villa are able to
    • 0'
      Palace took full points off Norwich in the opening game of the season courtesy of a 3-1 victory, and came close to snatching a result against Arsenal last week, but were ultimately denied by a 2-1 scoreline to the Gunners. The Eagles finished a club-record 10th last campaign and did so with only six
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa at Selhurst Park. Both sides have won and lost a match apiece in the new league campaign, and square off here in the third match of EPL 2015-16. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your guide for all the acti
    • 1'
      Away we go!
    • 3'
      Westwood slips in Gestede cleverly down the right side of the box, but just as he pulls the trigger, Delaney slides in with an important interception. What's more, the ball bobbles back off the former Blackburn striker last, meaning that he doesn't even get a corner for his troubles.
    • 5'
      Delaney and Gestede square up again, this time for a header, with the Palace defender taking most of the force from Gestede's forehead. Could be a duel to watch as this match develops at Selhurst Park.
    • 7'
      Delaney is back on the pitch with us after that blow from Gestede, but there's nothing much of note happening for now. Palace have been the more enterprising side but haven't found much of a sniff at goal.
    • 9'
      Free-kick here for Palace as Zaha wins a foul off Amavi on the right-hand side of the field, but Puncheon's delivery leads to nothing for the home side. Palace have a lot of pace in their lineup to cause Villa problems.
    • 11'
      Gueye makes contact on Zaha in the box, but the Palace man wasn't looking for the spot-kick, and recovers his poise to square the ball into the six-yard area. However, no one is there to profit for the hosts.
    • 13'
      AGBONLAHOR ALMOST PROFITS! Palace cough up the ball terribly, and the speedy Villa forward is on his bike, but his attempted slide under the body of McCarthy with the outside of his right boot is saved! Great ball from Westwood to set him on his way as well.
    • 15'
      The match is starting to open up here. Palace have attacked at pace more than once, but Villa look dangerous on the break, especially with Westwood releasing some quality passes already.
    • 17'
      Villa embark on a composed spell on the ball, but they're not advancing with it into any dangerous areas. Zaha gets back to help out defensively and force the Villains off an advance down the right flank.
    • 18'
      J. Ward receives a yellow card.
    • 19'
      Ward clips McArthur but the referee plays advantage, and Amavi hooks a cross into the area that is just over the head of his teammates. The referee waits for the ball to go out of play before booking Ward for the initial challenge.
    • 21'
      Another intriguing battle is the midfield matchup between Cabaye and Sanchez. The Colombian nips the ball off the Frenchman and takes the opportunity to have a crack on goal, but it's just over the top.
    • 23'
      Villa attacked mostly through opportunism in the opening minutes, but they've started to put together some strong sequences in possession as they attempt to build coherent attacks. Palace a little stymied at the moment.
    • 25'
      With the temperature at over 30 degrees Celsius, the referee sends the teams to the touchline for a short water break. Both managers instantly take the opportunity to have a word with a few of their XI.
    • 28'
      We restart the action with a Palace goal kick. Once again, the hosts try to manufacture something down the left via Zaha's trickery, but he's crowded out of a shot by the combined efforts of Bacuna and Sanchez.
    • 30'
      Poor from Cabaye as he smashes an effort into the stands, but it's indicative of the type of chances that Palace have been creating so far. The former PSG man snatched at that one, but he hardly had the time to pick his spot.
    • 32'
      Another baffling sequence from Cabaye, who, after Palace had won the ball in the Villa half, plays a long diagonal over no one in particular. Goal-kick for Aston Villa, who will hope that the Frenchman's radar remains busted all game.
    • 34'
      There was real promise in that as Grealish squeezes in a wonderful ball down the line for Agbonlahor. As you would expect, he has the step on his marker, but a poor second touch puts the ball too close to McCarthy.
    • 36'
      McArthur orchestrates a nice buildup for Palace, playing in Murray down the right, but the cross is a poor one, well over the head of interested parties at the back post. It's been that sort of game for the Eagles.
    • 38'
      Zaha has the beating of Sanchez down the left, and elects to play in Sako centrally. The new Palace man shifts the ball onto his left foot and lets fly, but it's right down the throat of Guzan, who holds on tightly.
    • 40'
      Sako this time turns provider for Zaha, but for some inexplicable reason, the winger stumbles, loses his balance and can't release the return pass into an ideal position, leading to the interception.
    • 42'
      No way through for Villa at the moment, with Palace putting up a stern wall around the edge of their own box. Since the opening minutes, Gestede has been made to feed of aerial scraps inside the area.
    • 44'
      The pace of this game has been a real drag, which is not entirely unexpected given the conditions on hand. Sweltering heat, but no complaining, because in a few months we'll be dreaming of this type of weather.
    • 46'
      SI J. Mutch SO G. Murray
    • 46'
      SI D. Gayle SO G. Murray
    • 46'
      D. Gayle enters the game and replaces W. Zaha.
    • 46'
      J. Mutch enters play, replacing G. Murray.
    • 46'
      Here we go again.
    • 48'
      Gayle has played with a casual elegance in this game during one or two moments in his short spell on the field, and he links with Mutch to set up an opening for Sakho at the far post. but Guzan and Richards combine to put the summer signing off the finish.
    • 50'
      Y. Cabaye is yellow-carded.
    • 50'
      Now it's Villa's turn to attack as Bacuna gets forward for one of the first times in this game and decides to take it all the way, but his shot goes off target and doesn't trouble McCarthy.
    • 52'
      The second half has failed to kick into life, with both teams struggling to move the ball on the ground for more than four or five passes. You get the feeling that a set-piece might decide this one.
    • 55'
      R. Gestede is cautioned by the referee.
    • 55'
      Gestede has given as much as he's gotten today in terms of physicality, and a careless foot into the midriff of Dann is too much for the referee, who shows him the yellow card to a loud cheer from the crowd.
    • 57'
      Palace are trying to break down Villa, but all too often, they resort to a ball out to an isolated man on the flanks that often leads to nothing more than a desperate cross. Not making for pretty viewing.
    • 59'
      PALACE TAKE THE LEAD...BUT IT'S RULED OUT! Villa are FUMING at the referee after they felt that an offside went uncalled. Gale cuts onto his right foot inside the box and has a crack on goal that deflects off McArthur, who was just ahead of Richards by half a yard. After a long delay where the goal
    • 61'
      Now this has gotten the crowd fired up as they have the opener snatched right out of their hands. It was a tight call, but the right one in the end by the officials, and getting the decision correct is ultimately the most important thing.
    • 63'
      SAKO HAS MISSED THE TARGET! Ward does excellently to evade his man down the right and plays a low ball into Sako, who fires over from a great position! This is all Palace at the moment!
    • 65'
      This is a lot better from Palace in the second half, and on the balance of play, they deserve to be ahead. Villa look rattled and disjointed, and it looks like Sherwood is readying a change.
    • 67'
      Agbonlahor can't profit from Bacuna's cross in a rare Villa attack, but they get the chance to reset from the back. It appears that Sherwood is waiting for the next break in play to make his change.
    • 69'
      SI Adama Traoré SO G. Murray
    • 69'
      Adama Traoré enters play, replacing C. Sánchez.
    • 69'
      Well then, this is a stunner. Adama Traore, who was described by Sherwood as nowhere near ready for the first team as recently as the pre-match presser, has been introduced here. He was signed for a decent sum from Barcelona and marks an attacking change in Villa's lineup, with Sanchez departing.
    • 71'
      G S. Dann Assist G. Murray
    • 71'
      Assist by J. Puncheon.
    • 71'
      THIS TIME PALACE DO LEAD! From a corner, Dann rises highest to power a header into the back of the net above the jump of a defender on the line! Tremendous header and the Eagles are in front!
    • 73'
      The crowd, many of them shirtless, are going nuts after that opener. You have to say that it has been coming given what Palace have offered up in the second half. The momentum is still with the hosts.
    • 75'
      SAKO! He drops the shoulder down the left to evade Bacuna, but Guzan positioned himself well at the near post to make a save. It was too hot to handle and goes out for a corner, which comes to nothing.
    • 77'
      HE HAS DONE IT! TRAORE INTRODUCES HIMSELF TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE! Nearly from the halfway line, the yougster shows searing power and pace to drive past two players. His low centre into the box is then turned into the back of the net by Souare, who couldn't help himself!
    • 79'
      Souare will be registered with the own goal, but it all came about thanks to a simply devastating run from Traore. Sherwood did his best to curtail expectations around his new signing. Good luck with that now!
    • 81'
      Less than 10 minutes to go and suddenly we have a game on our hands. Traore's introduction has the Palace defence rocking on every run by the starlet. Villa look more likely to steal the points here!
    • 82'
      SI M. Jedinak SO G. Murray
    • 82'
      Y. Cabaye is replaced with M. Jedinak.
    • 83'
      Cabaye has departed after a seriously off-colour game from him. On comes Jedinak as Palace look to wrest control of the closing stages away from the visiting Villains. Entertaining finish, this.
    • 84'
      C. Clark gets yellow.
    • 85'
      Clark gets booked for a foul on Gayle that definitely warranted a card. Moments later, after taking an age trying to steal a few yards on a throw in, Bacuna is also cautioned by the referee to a loud cheer.
    • 86'
      L. Bacuna receives a yellow card.
    • 87'
      G B. Sako Assist G. Murray
    • 87'
      S. Dann provided the assist.
    • 87'
      SAKO HAS SURELY WON IT! An AWFUL turnover in an even worse area by Amavi gifts Dann possession, and he keeps his head to set up Sako at the top of the box, who then caps his debut magnificently with a lovely finish into the far side!
    • 89'
      Self-inflicted defeat by Villa here, with Amavi looking like he just lost his life savings at the casino. The crowd is bouncing here and I have to say that Palace just about deserve the points.
    • 90'
      J. Puncheon goes into the referee's book.

    Line Up




    Roy Hodgson
    Dean Smith



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 12 14
    Yellow Cards 3 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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