Three losses in a row have shaken Crystal Palace and De Boer’s future and heading to Turf Moor, the Eagles had to deliver. It was massively disappointing that in-spite of playing some really good football and creating chances, they suffered a loss only because of Lee’s mistake which Wood converted from. Frank De Boer’s future at Selhurst Park is hanging by a thread and here’s how they’ve been rated after a fourth defeat:-
GK: Wayne Hennesey – 6/10
He couldn’t have done much after Lee’s terrible pass got him in an awkward position for Wood to take advantage. Didn’t have much to do otherwise apart from playing a role in the passing.
RB: Joel Ward – 5/10
Overwhelmed by Brady’s and Stephen Ward’s marches against him and he couldn’t make an attacking impact from the right at all. Sorry state of things for him.
CB: Timothy Fosu Mensah – 6.5/10
He held himself well against two dangerous attackers and complimented Dann well.
CB: Scott Dann – 6/10
He went about bravely to attack and fared nicely except for his finishing. He was solid defensively but missed a glorious chance to put Palace level in the dying minutes. He had an effort cleared off the line as well. It just didn’t look like it was his day.
LB: Jeffrey Schlupp – 5.5/10
His dribbling down the wing had an effect on Burnley but the end product just wasn’t there.
LCM: Jason Puncheon – 4.5/10
Sloppy in possession and ineffective with the end product. He should really do well with the amount of time he gets with the ball.
CM: Yohan Cabaye – 7/10
Worked really hard to do something for the Eagles and that was not only restricted to the attacking session. He made a few well-timed challenges in the middle of the park as well. He looks to have regained a bit of his form back but his role is going to be absolutely crucial in the coming games.
RCM: James McArthur – 6/10
Saw one of his efforts miss the target and he tried too hard like Cabaye to produce something. Unlucky to be on the score-sheet.
RM: Andros Townsend – 7.5/10
He looked classy from the right with his flair and energy. He got a few quality balls in the box too which didn’t get the justice they deserved. Stood out apart from the rest for me.
LM: Chung Yong-Lee – 2/10
Gave away the ball outrageously for Wood’s opener and was absolutely dismal from the left up against Lowton. Horrendous performance and one of those days which the South Korean would like to forget.
ST: Christian Benteke – 5/10
Townsend’s balls gave him the initiative to make an effort and he nearly responded soon after Burnley’s goal but chances after that the chances just dropped and the Belgian couldn’t do much. Got booked in the second half as well.