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Played
September 1, 2013 12:30 AM SGT
Selhurst Park — London
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 22671‎
 
79′ (PG) Dwight Gayle
 
90+2′ Stuart O'Keefe
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland

Steven Fletcher had cancelled out Danny Gabbidon's first-half opener but Ian Holloway's side came surging back to claim their first three points of the Premier League season

By Ewan Roberts at Selhurst Park

  • Julian Speroni
    0
    0
    3.00

    Julian Speroni

    Proactive, more so than his opposite number, rushing off his line to collect through-balls and punch crosses and corners clear. Could do nothing to prevent Fletcher's powerful header, though.

  • Joel Ward
    0
    0
    3.00

    Joel Ward

    The right-back was pitted against Italy international Giaccherini, but marked his more experienced adversary out of the game. Had more trouble against the former Juventus man's replacement, Mavrias. Got forward with occasional abandon too.

  • Campaña
    0
    0
    3.00

    Campaña

    The Spain Under-20 captain's style is much less akin to the playmakers that his nation is famous for. He showed occasional moments of ingenuity, though, and busily harried and scrapped in midfield. Replaced by Williams.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    0
    0
    3.50

    Danny Gabbidon

    Formed a solid, formidable wall alongside Delaney that Sunderland struggled to break down. On hand to squeeze the ball over the goal line for the opener - his first-ever strike in the top flight.

  • Dean Moxey
    0
    0
    3.00

    Dean Moxey

    Struggled to contain the jinking, tricky runs of Johnson, though made telling blocks and vital clearances much like the rest of the Palace defence.

  • Damien Delaney
    0
    0
    3.50

    Damien Delaney

    Battled well in the air, particularly against the solid, strapping frame of Wickham. A committed display, though he will be disappointed that Sunderland equalised with a header and was more worried when Fletcher entered the fray.

  • Kagisho Dikgacoi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kagisho Dikgacoi

    A real destroyer in the pitch, he congested space as Sunderland were constantly frustrated by the Eagles' powerful, in-your-face midfield. Needed to be a little more progressive on the ball.

  • Jason Puncheon
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jason Puncheon

    The Southampton loanee showed some of the flashes of skill and direct running that endeared Wilfried Zaha to the Selhurst Park faithful, and was a lively, vibrant threat down the right flank. Probably needs to add more cutting edge.

  • Mile Jedinak
    0
    0
    4.00

    Mile Jedinak Top of the Match

    A heel-biting, ground-gobbling monster in the middle of the pitch. Cut out passes, pounced on loose balls and threw himself into full-blooded tackles, and even got forward to spray shots towards goal.

  • Dwight Gayle
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dwight Gayle

    Quite why Palace decided to part with a club-record fee to sign the youngster remains something of a mystery, even if he did score. He never troubled Westwood's goal until O'Shea floored him inside the box and he dispatched the resulting spot-kick.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    0
    0
    2.00

    Marouane Chamakh

    An inconsistent targetman for the home side. He would show great touch to control a long ball, only to misplace the follow-up pass. Worked hard, but to little avail.

Substitutions

  • Stuart O'Keefe
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stuart O'Keefe

    Frequently found and exploited gaps as Sunderland opened up, and scored a memorable goal, curving a first-time left-footed shot right into the top corner.

  • Jonathan Williams
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan Williams

    Brought some fine touches and class to the Palace side, though still has a lot of developing to do at this level. Needed more composure when he lashed a good chance well wide.

  • Aaron Wilbraham
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aaron Wilbraham

    Came off the bench in place of Gayle and worked hard as Palace found holes in 10-man Sunderland's backline.

  • Keiren Westwood
    0
    0
    2.50

    Keiren Westwood

    Could do little about any of Palace's goals, though Di Canio may ask his shot-stopper to take more ownership of the six-yard box in future following Gabbidon's opener. Solid and calming, yet beaten three times.

  • Ondřej Čelůstka
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ondřej Čelůstka

    Had an uneventful game with Gayle, nominally on the left flank, proving little threat to deal with. Moxey, too, had little interest in raiding down the wing. An unspectacular but solid performance, unlike many of his team-mates.

  • John O'Shea
    0
    0
    1.50

    John O'Shea Flop of the Match

    Should have taken greater command at the set-piece from which Palace opened the scoring, and was sent off for a rash challenge that gave away a penalty and was entirely of his own making. Really poor awareness from the skipper.

  • Modibo Diakite
    0
    0
    2.50

    Modibo Diakite

    Showed real dominance in aerial battles, and often thwarted Chamakh's attempts to influence the game. More worried on the turn, however, much like O'Shea.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    Moved into central midfield, the Swede was cultured and methodical on the ball. But, alongside Vaughan, allowed Palace's midfield to take control of the middle third through their sheer power.

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Adam Johnson

    Looked a threat when he received the ball, weaving his way down the flank and jinking past Moxey, but didn't turn that into something more concrete due to poor decision-making and wastefulness in the final third.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jack Colback

    Struggled against Puncheon, whose meandering, driving runs infield were often left unchecked by the Sunderland full-back. However, his surge down the flank and subsequent cross created Sunderland's leveler.

  • David Vaughan
    0
    0
    2.00

    David Vaughan

    Peripheral in the middle of the pitch. If he was supposed to be the away side's enforcer, he did a poor job of it. Overpowered in midfield by Palace's muscular trio.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    0
    0
    1.50

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Somewhat surprisingly, the Italian really struggled to influence the match. Offered little invention down the flank and was easily marshalled by Ward. Substituted as Di Canio looked for more penetration down the left.

  • Connor Wickham
    0
    0
    2.00

    Connor Wickham

    Got little change of out a wily and physical Eagles centre-back partnership, but put himself about a bit. Worked hard, chased down lost causes, but was starved of supply.

  • Dong-Won Ji
    0
    0
    1.50

    Dong-Won Ji

    Inexplicably ducked out of the way of a cross that should have been directed into the back of the net, which rather typified a display which was largely passive and non-threatening. Unsurprisingly, he was hauled off at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Charalampos Mavrias
    0
    0
    2.50

    Charalampos Mavrias

    Came on in place of Giaccherini and offered more intent than the Italian, feeding the overlapping Colback to set-up Fletcher's goal.

  • Steven Fletcher
    0
    0
    3.50

    Steven Fletcher

    Marked his long-waited return to first-team action with a goal off the bench. Was infinitely more dangerous than Ji, and took his goal with aplomb, powering a header back across goal and into the back of the net.

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