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Crystal Palace: James McArthur stars in dramatic win at Southampton

Crystal Palace came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory in added time away to Southampton this afternoon to boost their hopes of finishing in the top half of the Premier League table.

Oriol Romeu’s early header from a corner saw the Saints lead at half-time but goals from Eberechi Eze and substitute Wilfried Zaha in the 92nd minute saw the Eagles turn the match on its head.

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The win sees Patrick Vieira’s men leapfrog Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side into 12th, with 10th-placed Newcastle just two points ahead of the Eagles having played one game more.

It was an excellent effort from all those in yellow at St Mary’s, with goalscoring duo Eze and Zaha set to receive plenty of plaudits, but the performance of midfielder James McArthur also deserves much praise.

McArthur stole the show for Palace

The 34-year-old made an impressive 57 passes toady, with a 79% accuracy, whilst also producing two key passes. Moreover, the Scotsman made a whopping 87 touches in a busy display, in addition to completing half of his attempted crosses and long balls.

With three clearances and two interceptions, there was also a decent defensive contribution whilst winning just under half of his duels. Most importantly though, McArthur set up Zaha’s late winner, his fourth assist of the season.

It looks as though the veteran midfielder is headed into the final weeks of his Palace tenure, with his contract set to expire this summer and an extension yet to be signed.

Labelled a “driving force” earlier this season by the HLTCO podcast’s Dan Cook, McArthur made the move to south London from Wigan Athletic in 2014 and has since been an excellent servant for the Eagles, with today being his 248th appearance in Palace colours.

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In a season where Conor Gallagher has received numerous plaudits when it comes to performances from midfield, the campaign must have been testing at times for the 34-year-old Scotsman, who has started 15 of Palace’s 34 Premier League matches this term. Moreover, an injury which kept him out for two months didn’t help.

However, it was a solid display from McArthur today as he stole the show against Southampton to inspire the Eagles to a hugely satisfying victory.

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