Crystal Palace fans were fuming at Roy Hodgson for not starting Max Meyer on Saturday, but the gaffer’s post-match comments suggest the fans may finally get their wish.
Palace racked up a frankly ridiculous 25 shots against West Ham, per BBC’s stats, but found the net just once with a deflected effort from Wilfried Zaha.
While some of this was down to Lukasz Fabianski’s brilliance, the main problem was just simply terrible finishing, and none worse than James McArthur.
The 32-cap Scottish international missed an absolute sitter when he had the option of squaring it to two teammates standing in front of an open goal, and the boss is clearly not happy.
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“If you don’t miss chances, and we took every chance we got, every game would end 10-8,” he told Sky Sports.
“But I was disappointed in them. I really did think with the James McArthur one and the Michy Batshuayi one we were definitely going to score.
“Other chances we created the goalkeeper (Fabianski) was very good.”
Well, it seems harsh to single out two players in a game where the Eagles wasted tons of chances, but McArthur took a remarkable five shots, finding the target just once.
The 31 year-old’s aforementioned miss from close range was a legitimate contender for miss of the season, and Hodgson is absolutely right to criticise him.
Meyer on the other hand replaced McArthur with 12 minutes remaining, and the German playmaker’s quality on the ball was instantly evident.
The 23 year-old made two key passes and drew one foul in his short cameo, and Hodgson may have no choice but to start him from here on out after McArthur’s nightmare day at the office.
Palace fans may soon get their wish.