Crystal Palace managed to secure a hard-fought 0-0 draw against the reigning Premier League champions and current leaders Manchester City at Selhurst Park last night.
This draw meant that the Eagles have stopped Pep Guardiola’s side from scoring in both of their league meetings this season after beating them 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium back in October.
Despite their impressive defensive efforts last night, it was one of Palace’s attacking players that arguably cost Patrick Vieira the chance to see his side break into the top half of the table.
With 90 minutes under his belt, winger Wilfried Zaha only had 42 touches of the ball in total, which is three fewer than goalkeeper Vicente Guaita managed to have and could only accurately complete 15 of the 23 passes he attempted with no crosses or key passes and just one long ball, losing possession on 12 occasions throughout the game.
In the few times that the home side managed to get forward and attack City’s goal, having just 26% possession overall, the Ivory Coast international found himself in an offside position twice, bringing an end to their attacking moves.
When his side didn’t have the ball, the winger, who has been slammed in the past by Peter Crouch for his “stupid” challenge that got him sent off against Tottenham Hotspur back in late December, failed to make any tackles to win possession back for his team and ended up losing nine of the 16 duels he was involved in.
With seven attempts at goal in total, Vieira would have been hoping that his attacking players, especially Zaha who has nine goals to his name in the league this season, would have been clinical against the Manchester club once again as they were in their away victory against them.
This latest display for the south London club ultimately earned the 29-year-old an overall match rating of 6.9 from SofaScore, lower than the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate, Tyrick Mitchell, Marc Guehi and Guaita, who made five saves to keep a clean sheet for his side.
Football.London also picked up on his lacklustre performance by saying that “his influence waned in the second period.”
Moving forward, while the winger arguably let his manager down on this occasion by not being able to help his side pick up a goal that could have won them the game, Palace will take confidence in the fact that they managed to stop one of this season’s highest-scoring teams from finding the back of the net on this occasion.