Game #5295

Season | 2013-14 |

Matchday | #36 |
League Game | #33 |
Premier League Match-week | #35 |  
Manager Game | #82 |
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Premier League | Away | Crystal Palace | Selhurst Park | 25,564 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Paul Lambert | 

KO | 15.07 |
Referee | Howard Webb | 
HT Score | 0-0 |

FT Score | 0-1 |
FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WLLLL | 

League Position | 14th | -1 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
CB Ciaran Clark |
LB Ryan Bertrand |
BOOKED | 70' | SUB OFF | 82' |
CB Nathan Baker | BOOKED | 62' |
CB Ron Vlaar |
RB Matt Lowton |
M Karim El Ahmadi |
SUB OFF | 82' |
M Ashley Westwood |
M Fabian Delph |
CF Grant Holt |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |

Substitutes |

F Andreas Weimann for M Karim El Ahmadi | 82’ |
W Marc Albrighton for LB Ryan Bertrand | 82’ | 


Unused Substitutes |

GK Jed Steer
M Yacouba Sylla
LB Joe Bennett
F Jordan Bowery
W Aleksandar Tonev

Cards |

 Yellow | Nathan Baker | 62’ |

 Yellow | Ryan Bertrand | 70’ | 

Unavailable |

Injury |

W Charles N’Zogbia |

CB Jores Okore |

RB Chris Herd |

CF Libor Kozák |

F Nicklas Helenius |

M Karim El Ahmadi |

CF Christian Benteke |

M Gary Gardner |

M Leandro Bacuna | 

Bomb Squad |

GK Shay Given | 

Loaned Out |

F Darren Bent | Fulham | 16 August 2013 to 31 May 2014 |

M Jack Grealish | Notts County | 13 September 2013 to 4 May 2014 |

D Enda Stevens | Doncaster Rovers | 28 November 2013 to 31 May 2014 |

CF Nathan Delfouneso | Coventry City | 30 January 2014 to 31 May 2014 |

RB Alan Hutton | Bolton Wanderers | 28 February 2014 to 4 May 2014 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 57
Possession A | 43
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 7

 On this day 12 April 2014 

The scheduled kick-off time was delayed by seven minutes to 3.07pm as mark of respect on the weekend of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 12 April 2014

*Crystal Palace beat a lacklustre Aston Villa to secure a third successive Premier League victory and move seven points clear of the relegation places.*

Palace created the better chances, although Cameron Jerome needed to clear Ciaran Clark’s header off the line.

Jerome hit the crossbar, while referee Howard Webb appeared to award Palace a penalty only to reverse the decision.

Jason Puncheon found the bottom corner to secure a vital win and leave Villa only four points above 18th.

Prior to the match, Palace manager Tony Pulis said not even a victory over Villa would ease the fear of relegation but the Welshman will be a lot more relaxed than his counterpart Paul Lambert.

Palace improved as the match progressed and deserved the three points which take them to 12th in the table, seven points ahead of third-from-bottom Fulham, having played a game fewer than their London rivals.

Villa, perhaps understandably for a team attempting to avoid a fourth consecutive league loss, seemed nervous but that tension will only increase as the prospect of Championship football remains a real possibility.

They enjoyed the majority of possession, but it was a familiar tale for a side that has struggled to score this season, especially in the absence of injured top scorer Christian Benteke.

Jerome, Palace’s biggest threat in the opening stages, booted the ball away three yards from his own goal when Julian Speroni seemed beaten by a Clark header.

Grant Holt went close for Villa, before Yannick Bolasie’s penalty appeal was turned down when he went down under pressure from Holt, but no contact had been made.

Palace were engineering the best chances, with Bolasie and Jerome again at the centre of the action after the break.

Bolasie forced an acrobatic save from Brad Guzan and Jerome, two yards from goal, directed the rebound onto the crossbar.

Palace continued to threaten. Bolasie went close from close range, a Puncheon free-kick forced Guzan into action, and referee

Webb initially awarded a penalty to the hosts before changing his mind after consulting with an assistant referee.

Again, Bolasie was the source of Villa’s troubles but replays proved Nathan Baker had not handled the forward’s cross.

Ultimately, it mattered little as moments later Bolasie found Puncheon and the former Southampton man outmuscled Ryan Bertrand to score and become Palace’s leading scorer in the league.

Villa’s best moments came after they fell behind, with Holt wasting a great chance and Speroni stopping a fine Andreas Weimann effort.

*Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:*”We are a million miles from where we want to be.

“Anyone who knows me will tell you my ambition. If you can’t win a game of football it is what happens. We have to win a game of football.

“You’re in that group and the only simple solution is to win the next game, that gives you the breathing space.”

BBC Sport

Monday, 14 April 2014


*Aston Villa chief executive calls for unity after defeat*

*Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has urged the club and their fans to pull together following the 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace
Villa’s fourth straight defeat left them just four points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Faulkner issued a statement on Monday that read: “Now more than ever it’s time for us all to pull together - fans, players, the manager, everyone.”

Manager Paul Lambert sought to play down relegation fears.

“There’s loads of teams and loads of games still to play,” he said.

But with the pressure mounting ahead of the final five games of the season, the club have called for unity.

“Four games ago, on the back of two good home wins, we were looking up the table and feeling confident of a strong, positive finish to the season,” Faulkner said.

“Since then we have suffered four consecutive defeats and that is hard to take. We are hurting. Fans are hurting, players and the manager are hurting. The frustration is shared by everyone who loves Aston Villa.

“Now more than ever it’s time for us all to pull together - fans, players, the manager, everyone at the club. Our immediate focus and combined efforts need to be concentrated on our game against Southampton this weekend and on our remaining games this season.

“We need to channel our energies into creating a positive atmosphere and getting the result we need on Saturday at Villa Park and in the games that follow.

“Our fans have been magnificent throughout the season, as they always are. We are desperate to give them more to cheer about. I’m frustrated when we’re not able to do that and I know the manager and players are frustrated as well.

“We know we can handle adversity. What we need now is for everyone to stick behind the team and continue to show the great support that is a hallmark of our club.”