Crystal Palace’s performance in last weekend’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth has seen two players named in Garth Crooks’ BBC Team of the Week.
Having headed to Dean Court for the game last Saturday, Palace took the lead twice through Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha but Bournemouth pegged us back on both occasions, scoring in the final minute of regulation time to take a point from the encounter.
The performances by our goalscorers were enough to see the pundit select both of them in his top flight team selection.
Speaking to the BBC Crooks said of our opening goalscorer on the day.
‘I said the last time I picked this player in my team of the week that he had an incredible amount of bottle – a quality Crystal Palace have lacked this season, especially in front of goal. Milivojevic has now scored seven goals in 12 league matches, which has turned the club’s season around. Palace are still flirting with relegation, however, and unless they start showing more courage and putting their chances away, it will continue to be a very nerve-wracking last few games. Fortunately, they have a manager in Roy Hodgson who has done it all and seen it all and is not prone to panic.’
The game saw Milivojevic score for three straight games and he became the first Crystal Palace midfielder to reach ten goals in a single top flight campaign.
Crooks also picked out the fact the Serbian made more passes than any other player in the match – 65.
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Following a typically Wilf performance, he said of him.
‘You would pay money to watch this lad. He’s exciting, unpredictable and creates chances. However, a man of Wilfried Zaha’s ability is entitled to score more goals. He managed it against Bournemouth and with a little bit of help from his friends Palace would have come away with a vital victory. Zaha is the jewel in the Palace crown and without him the club would struggle. That is why they must resist any overtures from bigger clubs to lure him away from Selhurst Park. Both Crystal Palace and Wilfred Zaha are good for each other.’
As well as his goal on the day, Crooks also noted that Zaha had five shots in total, with three on target, and that was more than any other Palace player across the 90 minutes.
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Joe Hart – West Ham
Seamus Coleman – Everton
Ashley Young – Manchester United
Chris Smalling – Manchester United
Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea
Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle
Luka Milivojevic – Crystal Palace
Paul Pogba – Manchester United
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Marko Arnautovic – West Ham