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“I’m afraid the bottom line is that we lost to a better team,” said the Crystal Palace manager. Roy Hodgson after his team suffered their last crushing loss at home to Burnley.
Palace was beaten 3-0 in his own backyard by Burnley just five days after a two goals defeat at Leeds United.
Without Wilfried Zaha against Burnley and Leeds, the Eagles lacked final instinct in the final third as they seemed lost on ideas without the Ivory Coast international.
However, it is lazy to blame it solely on the absence of their star man, as they were solely to blame for his collapse in South London, with veteran winger Patrick van Aanholt as one of the main culprits, along with his partner. Nathaniel Clyne in the crime, who was to blame for the terrible defensive performance of the hosts.
Was Van Aanholt poor against Burnley?
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Upon closer inspection, it is easy to understand why, as SofaScore rated it with a low statistical score of 5.5 echo your words. No other player received a lower rating than Van Aanholt, including Vicente Guaita, despite the Spaniard being unable to keep a clean sheet for the second game in a row.
When considering the fact that the seasoned veteran, who wins £ 55,000-per week at Selhurst Park, he’s one of the more seasoned members of Hodgson’s team, he really should be doing a lot better than that, especially considering Tyrick Mitchell is waiting patiently behind the scenes.
A mix-up with Scott Dann created the opener and he couldn’t keep up with Matt Lowton before the right-back rocket loose and overtook the defenseless Guaita.
In fact, Lowton had his number from the start, as he caught him napping multiple times, earning him top marks. SofaScore qualification in the process, as you completed Three Successful four-shot dribble, suggesting that, most of the time, he managed to beat Van Aanholt.
If that wasn’t bad enough, he lost possession 27 times – the maximum of any player on either side, based on SofaScore, and much higher than his season average 13.9, suggesting that he was performing well below his capabilities.
It was evidently Palace’s biggest risk of the day, and it disappointed Hodgson when the Eagles conceded three goals against a team that had only scored. 14 goals before the game.