Crystal Palace suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic in the second half sealing the points for the Blues.
With only one shot on target throughout the game, the Eagles did well to go in at half-time goalless. They kept Chelsea to minimal chances in a first-half that comprised of more yellow cards than shots on target.
The home side upped the tempo in the second half and opened the scoring around the 50th minute mark when Willian’s beautifully found Abraham free in the box to score. VAR checked it but the Englishman was onside and the goal stood.
Then, 10 minutes from time, Chelsea doubled their lead when Pulisic played a rather fortunate one-two with Michy Batshuayi and headed the ball into the back of the net.
After that there was no coming back for Palace, who struggled in the game to create any sort of chance on goal.
Here’s how we rated their players:
Vicente Guaita - 6
A positive performance from the keeper who made several good stops. He couldn’t have done much to save either of the goals conceded.
Joel Ward - 5
Started the game well but had to be subbed off due to injury in the first half.
James Tomkins - 6
A solid enough game from the centre-back, who on one occasion missed Abraham and got punished for that. He missed a good chance to equalise after that as well.
Gary Cahill - 7
Playing for the first time at Stamford Bridge since leaving Chelsea, Cahill was fantastic at the back. He made one goal-saving block at the end of the first half.
Patrick van Aanholt - 6
The Dutchman was good defensively but should have done better going forward, especially when Palace went a goal down.
Luka Milivojevic - 4
Being the defensive midfielder, he should have done better to stop Chelsea attacking through the midfield. He wasn’t that good on the ball as well.
Cheikhou Kouyate - 5
Did well to cover the space and help the team out defensively. However, he could have done better on the ball to help the team move forward. Subbed off very late on.
James McArthur - 7
He was probably Palace’s best midfielder today. Made some good tackles and drove the team as much as possible. Subbed off with 20 minutes left.
Andros Townsend - 4
A no-event performance from the winger, who wasn’t really in the game both on and off the ball.
Jordan Ayew - 5
The striker was an isolated figure up front as Palace struggled to string passes together in the final third.
Wilfried Zaha - 5
The winger was a potential dangerman for Palace, but he didn’t have enough of the ball to test young Chelsea right-back Reece James.
(SUB) Martin Kelly - 4
Came on in the first half to play at right-back and it was clear he struggled in that position.
(SUB) Jeff Schlupp - 3
Came on to add more attacking power to the team, but he managed to do very little.
(SUB) James McCarthy - N/A
Came on too late to have any impact.