Crystal Palace are still searching for their first victory and first goal under new manager Patrick Vieira after falling to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Watford in the Carabao Cup second round.
The Eagles largely dominated proceedings at Vicarage Road, achieving 66% possession, while having more shots, shots on target and corners than their hosts.
However, once again, poor finishing cost the capital club as Jean-Philippe Mateta was twice denied by Ben Foster in the first half before Christian Benteke also found the English shot-stopper in the way of his effort later on in proceedings.
Vieira has openly admitted that he’s hoping to add reinforcements in the final third of the pitch before the current window closes, and last night’s performance was further evidence of why that needs to happen.
One Palace player epitomised their struggles in an attacking sense more than most, though. It was a tough night for versatile forward Jeffrey Schlupp, who was tasked with providing some attacking impetus from the middle of the park.
As per SofaScore, the 28-year-old received a match rating of just 6.4 out of 10, the lowest of any player on the pitch. He lost seven of his 12 duels throughout his time on the pitch, letting Vieira down in the engine room battle.
The £8.1m-rated ace only found a teammate with 66% of his passes, lost possession 17 times and allowed an opponent to dribble past him on two occasions, compounding an underwhelming performance.
Palace and Schlupp will be hoping to put in an improved display when they take on West Ham United over the weekend, although David Moyes’ in-form charges should prove to be another tough test for the south London outfit.