Crystal Palace were unable to make Roy Hodgson’s last ever game in charge of the Eagles a Selhurst Park a memorable once, losing 3-1 to Arsenal.
The former England boss announced his decision to leave the capital club earlier in the week and would have been desperate to have a fond farewell in front of the 6,500 Palace fans in attendance.
However, it wasn’t to be for Hodgson, who witnessed Nicolas Pepe and Gabrielle Martinelli slot home injury time efforts to secure all three points for the Gunners.
It’s been a commendable, if not enthralling, four years in south London for the 73-year-old, but he’ll have been disappointed to not go out with a bang in front of the club’s loyal supporters.
One man who notably let Hodgson, and himself. down was goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. The experienced shot-stopper found himself back in the starting XI after being dropped to the bench against Aston Villa, but he certainly didn’t take his chance to shine.
As per SofaScore, the 34-year-old recorded a meagre rating of just 5.8/10, the lowest score recorded by anyone on the Selhurst Park pitch.
The Spaniard had a terrible passing accuracy of 45% as he kept giving the ball back to the Gunners. He also completed just six of his 17 long balls, and failed to make a single save throughout the 90 minutes.
It’s been a below-par campaign for Guaita, with WhoScored awarded his efforts throughout 2020/21 with a seriously low 6.46/10, and it represents quite the capitulation following his previous efforts between the Palace sticks.
After an incredible performance against Tottenham Hotspur, Hodgson showered the keeper in praise, lauding his efforts as Palace clung onto a draw.
“Of course, in the last five minutes in particular Vicente showed his true class. We gave away a couple of free kicks which I wasn’t too happy to have given away. When the ball can be delivered in our penalty area, and that led to corner kicks, that’s when Vicente showed his true class with two magnificent saves.” said the former Liverpool boss.
“The goalkeeper is a very important part of every team, and we’re very fortunate to have a good one.”
But, with Hodgson set to leave and Jack Butland pushing for a place in the starting line-up, Guaita needs to prove himself and rediscover his best form if he wants to maintain his place in the Palace first-team next year as a new manager will want every player to earn a place in his line up.