Crystal Palace failed to hold onto their half-time lead on Wednesday night as Southampton came back via James Ward-Prowse – despite the Eagles’ numerous opportunities in front of goal, their finishing was once again lacklustre and they paid the price.
Wilfried Zaha was a menace throughout and fired his side in front in the first half, but lost his head late on and was sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee after being booked – a gesture for which he will be reprimanded by the FA.
Despite the big striker having scored against Spurs in the FA Cup last weekend, Roy Hodgson elected not to start Connor Wickham and instead gave the nod to Jordan Ayew – the Ghanaian worked hard but never looked too threatening, as has been the theme throughout the season.
The Saints equalised with 13 minutes of regulation time remaining, at which point Hodgson may have felt it necessary to bring on a fresh pair of legs up front – instead, the former England boss stuck with Ayew until the final whistle and one can’t help but feel that, had Wickham or Christian Benteke been on the field, the Croydon outfit could have secured all three points.
Negative substitutions and tactics have been a point of controversy for Palace this season and this surely isn’t the first time the Selhurst Park faithful felt that Hodgson’s game management was poor.
The 71-year-old’s post-match comments did nothing but make it worse – here’s how the Palace fans reacted on Twitter…
Need a goal. Have 2 strikers sat on their backsides on bench. Seriously concerned about you Roy!
— Lola suggs (@SuggsLola) January 31, 2019
We had two strikers warming up and you did nothing, therefore you are to blame Roy
— Andy pratt (@andyPratt4) January 31, 2019
??♂️ maybe should’ve brought on max Meyer instead of schlupp; could also have started a target striker since we have 2; or maybe even made a sub before the 80’ but ya know…get this one out of our minds because Saturday is hugely important
— CPFC Boston (@EaglesBoston) January 31, 2019
still furious at this man’s complete lack of interest in actually trying to get a win yesterday.
— man named mark (@photoheathen) January 31, 2019
Because you went all defensive! Southampton were awful last night! When we scored the first we should of kept going at them because they were weak and weren’t a threat but instead u sit back ??♂️
— jack (@jack64002721) January 31, 2019
They scored,then your happy with the point.
Awful from RH.
— Craig C R ????????? (@Craigco78230827) January 31, 2019
Leave off. Time to go now Roy.
— Thomas Gothard (@ThomasGothard) January 31, 2019
So you bring on a striker….not rocket science! Game was calling for a target man from 20th minute! Hoofing the ball up with no one winning headers….
— Kim (@kim24000) January 31, 2019