With the Eagles coming off the back of a 3-0 drubbing at Goodison Park, there may have been widespread belief on the south coast that the Saints might be able to snatch some points from the hosts at Selhurst Park.
There were some decidedly poor displays from the visiting team, with full-back Lyanco arguably the pick of the bunch.
His SofaScore rating of 6.1 is indicative of an awful display, but it was the team’s toothless nature which truly cost them. This is no better exemplified than in Che Adams’ rating of 5.8, the worst of anyone on the field.
Despite Southampton having more of the ball and more shots than the Eagles, they somehow still managed to not find the net with any of their 14 attempts, via SofaScore. This was largely in part to the wasteful Scotsman, who showed little involvement throughout and when he did was instrumental in killing attacks.
Having touched the ball just 36 times and lost it on 12 occasions, the 26-year-old was dispossessed once for every 2.9 touches. However, it was in the final third that his lack of contribution really stood out.
He missed an astonishing three big chances, not managing to score with any of his five shots. His lack of proficiency will surely leave his manager furious that he squandered so many opportunities, in a game which was wholly winnable.
Lyanco might have made the error which led to the goal, but had his attacking team-mate finished any of his three fine opportunities, then it would have been a different game. Therefore, it is the Scotland international who should face the brunt of Hasenhuttl’s wrath.
Perhaps the manager might think twice about Adams inclusion after yesterday’s performance, in which the 26-year-old showed himself to be the team’s true villain.