Crystal Palace came into this game as favourites, playing at home against the newly promoted Huddersfield Town. However, the game didn’t play out in this way whatsoever. The game started off with both teams unable to have a sustained period of possession, although it was evident that Huddersfield were stepping up to match the pace of the Premier League.
It was Huddersfield who struck first via an own goal from Dann. He could do nothing to stop the ball ricocheting into the goal off him. Mere minutes later, Huddersfield scored again. The team’s record signing, Steve Mounié headed the ball in from Mooy’s whipped cross which the Palace defence failed to deal with. A dream start for the Terriers.
After Huddersfield’s back to back goals, the game resumed how it had earlier. Huddersfield created practically all the attacking opportunities of the 1st half, but weren’t able to convert any more than their two goals. Crystal Palace couldn’t match Huddersfield’s pace in the first half, and had to make something change in the second half.
Early in the second half Crystal Palace came out strong and forced great saves from Jonas Loessl, the Huddersfield goalkeeper. Unfortunately for De Boer’s men, they were unable to capitalise. Zaha and Benteke both had chances to score but were denied. Despite these chances Huddersfield stayed relatively comfortable, and with 10 minutes remaining, Mounié scored once more to put the game away. A tidy side footed finish from the edge of the box was enough to put the game away.
Huddersfield will be delighted and currently find themselves top of the league at the moment. Crystal Palace have a lot of work to do before their next game against Liverpool next Saturday. Huddersfield will hope to carry their form into their match against Newcastle on Sunday.
MAIN TALKING POINTS
huddersfield’s record signing looking like a great piece of business
Huddersfield’s record signing, Steve Mounié, was brought in from Montpellier for £11.5m to score goals, and he’s started off just how he’d have wanted. The striker troubled Crystal Palace’s defence throughout the game and managed to break through twice, scoring two well taken goals which sealed Huddersfield’s first win of the season. If he keeps playing as he did today, he could be in the running for signing of the season. Especially if Huddersfield avoid the drop.
NIGHTMARE START FOR CRYSTAL PALACE
For most Crystal Palace fans, a game against a newly promoted team seemed ideal. Avoiding a tough opening day fixture should have allowed the team time to gel under new coach Frank De Boer. Instead, the game ended up being a banana skin. For the majority of the game, Huddersfield were the dominant team. The chances that Palace did create were unable to find the back of the net. Worrying signs early on for the Londoners, but there’s plenty of time to turn it around.
Huddersfield were the team on top for most of the game. They pressed the Crystal Palace players and forced mistakes. The Terriers were able to exploit Palace’s lapses in defence and take their chances while Palace had issues on both ends of the field. The defence couldn’t cope with the speed Huddersfield brought the to the game and in attack neither Zaha nor Benteke were clinical enough to beat Loessl between the sticks, who had a great game.
Defensive organisation will be De Boer’s number one priority between now and next week. Crystal Palace possess enough quality in attack that goals will come, but defence doesn’t teach itself. Huddersfield, on the other hand, will simply look to carry this amazing performance onward and build on it.
|Crystal Palace (0)||Huddersfield (3)|
|W. Hennessey 5/10||J. Loessl 8/10|
|T. Fosu Mensah 7/10||C. Loewe 7/10|
|S. Dann 6/10||C. Schindler 7/10|
|J. Riedewald 6,5/10||M. Jorgensen 6,5/10|
|J. Ward 6,5/10 (OG 23′)||T. Smith 7,5/10|
|L. Milivojevic 6/10||P. Billing 7/10|
|J. Puncheon 6/10||A. Mooy 8/10 (Assist 26′)|
|P. Van Aanholt 7/10||T. Ince 6/10|
|R. Loftus-Cheek 8/10||K. Palmer 5,5/10|
|W. Zaha 6/10||E. Kachunga 6,5/10|
|C. Benteke 6/10||S. Mounié 8,5/10 (Goal 26′, 78′)|
|(Sub 78′) J. Tomkins 5,5/10||(Sub 57′) D. Williams 6/10|
|(Sub 46′) A. Townsend 7/10||(Sub 73′) C. Quaner 7/10|
|(Sub 86′) R. van La Parra N/A|