St Dom-index Player Ratings for the Crystal Palace vs Everton game on Saturday 9th November 2013
Tim Howard- 7
Seamus Coleman- 7
Leighton Baines- 6.5
Phil Jagielka- 7
Sylvain Distin- 6.5
Gareth Barry- 7.5
Kevin Mirallas- 6.5
James McCarthy- 7
Leon Osman- 6.5
Steven Pienaar- 6.5
Romelu Lukaku- 7
The Blue Match Review
A poor result away to Palace, made all the more disappointing by the other results over the weekend. Tottenham’s defeat to Newcastle, should have presented Everton with the perfect opportunity to break away from Spurs and possibly break back into the top 4, but for now we must make do with a top 6 position.
Everton looked like they did at the stat of the season, playing nice passing football but without threatening and there was clearly no end product. We just weren’t clinical enough in the final third, only having one or two genuine chances, with Jagielka hitting the bar and Deulofeu shooting just wide.
This was Palace’s first point in 8 league games and should have represented an easy win. However we can’t take anything away from Palace and debatably they had the better opportunities and can consider themselves unfortunate not to win.
Crystal Palace’s game plan was clear from the start, they understood that we would have the majority of the ball and were happy for us to have as much possession as we liked in our defensive third, however as soon as we attempted to push forward they closed us down very quickly making it difficult for us to penetrate their two defensive banks.
We miss an inform Kevin Mirallas or Steven Pienaar, as we had 73% of possession but we weren’t able to take advantage of it and create chances.
As the game progress you could see the Everton players becoming very frustrated, with more and more attempted passes going astray. Nothing we tried was working and we certainly miss an inform Kevin Mirallas or Steven Pienaar. We had an astonishing 73% of possession but we weren’t able to take advantage of it and create chances.
Baines had an unusually sloppy game, he did all the hard bits right but when it came to the cross or the simple pass it just wasn’t working for him. On a few occasions he skipped past players down the left flank but put in a poor cross.
I think our next few games will give us a good view on how we will finish the season. We need to pick our heads up and put in a performance against Liverpool. I think the Liverpool game will be crucial, it could potentially make or break our season.
We need our big players to start performing again and we can’t rely on Lukaku, especially when he isn’t getting the right service. This is the perfect time to try new players, if Osman isn’t playing well then start Barkley again, if Mirallas or Pienaar aren’t performing then give Oviedo a chance? Surely it’s the fair thing to do?
So Blues, what are your predictions on the Derby?