Palace outclass Norwich to go ninth

Palace outclass Norwich to go ninth


Crystal Palace celebrate goal against Norwich
Crystal Palace are now unbeaten in three home games

Crystal Palace climbed into the top half of the Premier League after easing to victory against Norwich at Selhurst Park.

Three first-half goals from Odsonne Edouard, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jeffrey Schlupp condemned the Canaries to the foot of the table at the end of 2021.

The visitors started brightly but found themselves a goal down after eight minutes when Kenny McLean fouled Will Hughes in the area and Edouard converted from the spot for his first goal since October.

Palace took charge from there with Hughes their driving force. He sprung forward and slipped in Mateta, who could only find the side-netting.

Mateta made it 2-0 with his first goal of the season seven minutes before half-time. Edouard pulled out to the left and played in a low cross that Mateta placed past Angus Gunn with superb precision.

Just seconds earlier, Jacob Sorensen squandered a superb chance for Norwich at the other end, and four minutes later, Schlupp added a third with a powerful finish from a tight angle.

Sam Byram clipped the top of the crossbar with a header in stoppage time, but Norwich’s defensive issues had already given them a mountain to climb.

Gunn did his best to keep the score down with an excellent double save to deny Schlupp and then Mateta in the second half, while Vicente Guaita was forced into rare action by a Przemyslaw Placheta strike.

Canaries struggling badly at both ends

Norwich boss Dean Smith knew how difficult the job would be when he arrived at Carrow Road in November, but his side appear devoid of any inspiration at the moment.

There were good spells of possession, particularly early on, and a couple of half chances, but Palace were not really troubled at any point.

With no Teemu Pukki or Todd Cantwell in the side, their task was made even tougher, but they have now lost five games in succession without scoring a goal and conceding 14.

The Norwich fans even resorting to singing: “Lets’ pretend we scored a goal!” and it neatly summed up another tough afternoon in what is becoming a nightmarish season.

Eagles fly high without Zaha

Although Covid-19 meant he could not be at the game, manager Patrick Vieira’s influence on Palace was clearly on show again. They are much more energetic in attack this season, playing on the front foot rather than the counter-attack, particularly at home.

It is now nine successive games at Selhurst Park in which they’ve scored, and although they were helped by calamitous Norwich defending, there was a real purpose in their play.

And while they were without the suspended Wilfried Zaha, on whom they have relied so heavily in recent years, and the always-impressive Conor Gallagher, the likes of Hughes, Edouard and Mateta picked up the baton seamlessly to deliver an accomplished performance.

Player of the match

ÉdouardOdsonne Édouard

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

  2. Squad number12Player nameHughes

  3. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  4. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  5. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  6. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  7. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

  8. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  9. Squad number2Player nameWard

  10. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  11. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

  12. Squad number13Player nameGuaita

  13. Squad number5Player nameTomkins

  14. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

Norwich City

  1. Squad number46Player nameRowe

  2. Squad number19Player nameSørensen

  3. Squad number30Player nameGiannoulis

  4. Squad number3Player nameByram

  5. Squad number11Player namePlacheta

  6. Squad number21Player nameWilliams

  7. Squad number24Player nameSargent

  8. Squad number35Player nameIdah

  9. Squad number28Player nameGunn

  10. Squad number20Player nameLees-Melou

  11. Squad number18Player nameTzolis

  12. Squad number23Player nameMcLean

  13. Squad number4Player nameGibson

  14. Squad number8Player nameGilmour


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 16AndersenSubstituted forTomkinsat 83′minutes
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3Mitchell
  • 15Schlupp
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 12HughesSubstituted forMilivojevicat 73′minutes
  • 9J Ayew
  • 14MatetaSubstituted forBentekeat 81′minutes
  • 22ÉdouardBooked at 22mins


  • 1Butland
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 5Tomkins
  • 19Matthews
  • 20Benteke
  • 34Kelly
  • 36Ferguson
  • 44Riedewald


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 28Gunn
  • 3ByramBooked at 29mins
  • 19Sørensen
  • 4GibsonBooked at 10mins
  • 30GiannoulisSubstituted forWilliamsat 45′minutes
  • 8Gilmour
  • 23McLean
  • 11PlachetaSubstituted forSargentat 81′minutes
  • 20Lees-Melou
  • 18TzolisSubstituted forRoweat 68′minutes
  • 35Idah


  • 10Dowell
  • 15Kabak
  • 21Williams
  • 24Sargent
  • 26Mumba
  • 33McGovern
  • 46Rowe
  • 58McCracken

Paul Tierney


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