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|Posté le: Mar 9 Oct - 07:51 (2018) Sujet du message: Crystal Palace’s performance against Wolves matched the weat
|[size=48]Crystal Palace’s performance against Wolves matched the weather – cold, dark and lacking in any shine
sbobet168 Michael Oliver brought his whistle to his lips and blew for full-time. A smattering of boos were audible around Selhurst Park. For the fifth time this season, Crystal Palace had failed to deliver a goal in front of their home support. A miserly performance matched the mood of the day. Heavy, cold, dark. It never rains in football, but it pours. Wolves came to South London with a game plan which was obvious from the very early stages. They were to play on the counter-attack. Three at the back, four in midfield, three in attack. Exploit the spaces, push the midfield, get a goal and sit back. That was exactly how it panned out.
Nuno Espirito Santo set his team up to be difficult to break down, and to be vicious on the break. It showed. As soon as Matt Doherty blasted the visitors ahead on 56 minutes, they sat back and put themselves into clearly defined block formation. sbobet168 There was to be one testy moment after this, but for the most part they were untroubled by gentle probing, a lack of off-the-ball movement and lumbering football from Palace.
The atmosphere matched the showing on the pitch. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the Holmesdale Fanatics’ desire for a singing section in the middle of the Lower Holmesdale Stand, their absence is notable. Occasionally, a cry of “Eagles, Eagles, Eagles!” would emerge across all four stands following a particularly promising spell of pressure, but it was not long before the supporters expressed their frustration at the continued inability to convert possession into anything meaningful.
Four shots on target, of which two came within seconds of each other – Max Meyer’s volley and Jeffrey Schlupp’s follow-up forcing Rui Patricio into an excellent double save – point to the cause of the hosts’ woes. Andros Townsend’s fairly tame attempt from the edge of the box was comfortable for Patricio. sbobet168 They have scored just once this season since the opening day victory over Fulham, if Wilfried Zaha’s two efforts are discounted. When his assist for the goal at Bournemouth is counted, they are yet to score since that day without direct involvement from Zaha.