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On the Whistle: Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa

In Pictures: Crystal Palace v Aston Villa Dean’s Debrief: Smith on late drama, disallowed goal and empathy with his players
On the Whistle: Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
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Game details 

Match: Crystal Palace v Aston Villa 
Date: Saturday 31st August 2019 
Venue: Selhurst Park 

Scoring summary 

Ayew (73) 


Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor, Luiz (Hourihane, 71), McGinn, Grealish, Trezeguet, Jota (Davis, 59), Wesley (Lansbury, 85). Unused subs: Steer, Konsa, El Ghazi, Elmohamady.  

PalaceIncident2Story in brief  

Aston Villa fell to a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace with former striker Jordan Ayew the match winner - but there was real drama at the death. 

Ayew bagged what would prove the winner with a fine finish from the left channel on 73 minutes. 

The Eagles had built up a head of steam following the 54th minute dismissal of Trezeguet for two yellow cards.

But Dean Smith’s men didn’t give up hope and looked to have levelled in the closing moments at Selhurst Park.

Henri Lansbury fired home but with celebrations starting, referee Kevin Friend waved play back and booked Jack Grealish for supposed simulation in the build-up.

It was undoubtedly a bitter pill to swallow.

PalaceIncident3Full of frustration

Sometimes you feel upbeat in spite of a defeat because you’re able to focus on the positives.

This was not one of those games, despite obvious encouraging moments, especially the effort and resilience to try and keep Palace at bay after being reduced to 10 men.

The late disallowed goal was all anyone of claret and blue persuasion could think about in the aftermath of our 1-0 loss at Selhurst Park.

Dean Smith summed it up on the final whistle when he said: “I feel for the lads today because, through no fault of their own, they’re leaving here with no points.”

Now it’s about coming back strong for the visit of West Ham in two weeks' time. 

CHApplauseNext up 

It’s now the international break before we’re back in Premier League action on Monday 16th September.

It’s an 8pm kick-off against West Ham at Villa Park, with Sky Sports coverage for Monday Night Football.

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Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 31st August 2019