Crystal Palace fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday evening as the Eagles failed to mark Roy Hodgson’s last home game in charge of the capital club with a win.
Injury time efforts from Nicolas Pepe and Gabrielle Martinelli cancelled out Christian Benteke’s equaliser, meaning Hodgson didn’t get the Selhurst Park send-off that he was hoping for.
It’s been a pretty successful four-year stint in south London for the 73-year-old boss, but he announced his upcoming departure earlier in the week as the two parties look to start a new chapter over the summer.
The former England boss could still bow out in spectacular fashion if he masterminds a shock victory over one of his former sides when he takes Palace to Anfield on the final day of the season, potentially denying Liverpool a place in next season’s Champions League, but Hodgson will surely be disappointed with this midweek result.
One man in particular who let Hodgson down was Tyrick Mitchell. The 21-year-old full-back is currently enjoying a run of five consecutive starts in the Premier League thanks to Patrick van Aanholt’s imminent exit, but he failed to impress in midweek.
As per SofaScore, the defender received a miserly 6.1/10 rating, the second-lowest score recorded by anyone on the pitch.
The £4.5m-rated (as per Transfermarkt) youngster won just four of his nine duels during the 90 minutes, failed to complete either of his two crosses and was also dribbled past on three occasions.
It was certainly a night to forget for Mitchell, who came crashing back down to earth after his standout performance against Aston Villa the week before where he scored his first Palace goal and also provided an assist.
However, we’re sure it’s a lesson that the Englishman will learn from, and come back stronger as a result of, as he looks to cement his status as Palace’s first-choice left-back for years to come.