Player ratings like the Eagles lower the Canary Islands

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Crystal Palace finished 2021 on a high note on Tuesday afternoon and defeated Norwich 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

Goals from Odsonne Edouard, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jeff Sclhupp gave Patrick Vieira’s team a win that makes them rise to the top half of the table in 2022, while Norwich were further sentenced to what appears to be an inevitable relegation.

The visiting side actually got off to a surprisingly proactive start at Selhurst Park, but Kenny McLean’s sloppy challenge to Will Hughes in the box made their promising early work undone when Paul Tierney awarded the hosts a penalty. Edouard stepped up and drove cold past Angus Gunn to open the scoring after just eight minutes.

Norwich were held back and put in for the vast majority of the first half and the ten minutes leading up to the break sentenced Dean Smith’s men to their final fate, as Crystal Palace went into the half with three goals to spare.

Jacob Sorensen should have made it 1-1 but threw one of the team’s incredibly rare chances in front of goal and just 22 seconds later Mateta made it 2-0 after finishing a devastating counterattack, which swept home Edouard’s move back in the 38th minute. Four minutes later, Schlupp came on the act and took the Eagles third with a thumping finish after some pinball in the Canary Islands.

Another penalty day for Norwich …

Jeffrey Schlupp adds a third to give Palace steady control # PLonPrime #CRYNOR pic.twitter.com/0GxdqNCQ85

– Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 28, 2021

“Well, if you need a boost, the answer seems to be playing Norwich at the moment”, was the rather thoughtful analysis from Amazon Prime Videos Angus Scott during the break – and so it proved.

Smith’s side picked up somewhat after the restart, with Pierre Lees-Melou seeing a toxic volley on the way to the top corner blocked by Jordan Ayew and Przemyslaw Placheta seeing his own volley saved superbly by Vicente Guaita.

However, the Canary Islands struggled in vain to get back into the match as Palace looked untrained while keeping them at a distance. The hosts managed the rest of the matches to perfection and saw a comfortable and well-deserved 3-0 victory while continuing to threaten the opponent’s goal.

Christian Benteke thought he had taken his team’s fourth after entering the field, even though a VAR check ruined the party. But not too upset, the faithful palace could celebrate a commanding victory.

As Vieira’s side rises to ninth, Smith’s men’s position looks increasingly insurmountable as they languish at the foot of the table, having played more games than all of their direct rivals except Newcastle in 19th place.

This is how the players rated Selhurst Park.

Hardly worked / Ryan Pierse / GettyImages

Vicente Guaita (GK) – 6/10 – Denied Placheta with a brilliant stop in the second half but was otherwise largely unprocessed.

Joel Ward (RB) – 6/10 – Picked out some nice passes either along the flank or sweeping deliveries across the field to his opposite fullback, and looked more than comfortable defensively.

Joachim Andersen (CB) – 6/10 – Positioned himself well within his own box to make a series of approvals and interventions.

Marc Guehi (CB) – 7/10 – Characteristically velvety with his distribution from behind and proved resolute, above all he managed a Norwich effort that was intended to hit the net in the first period.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) – 6/10 – Practically unobtrusive by Norwich’s wretched right wing, who made seven tackles on what turned out to be a comfortable afternoon, but could not affect the front foot.

On (Schl) upp? #CPFC | #CRYNOR pic.twitter.com/K4fAfkvUJg

– Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) December 28, 2021

Cheikhou Kouyate (CM) – 7/10 – So strong and destructive at the heart of the process, records five ball recoveries.

Will Hughes (CM) – 9/10 – Sharp, central and ubiquitous on Palace afternoon. Interrupted the game in a brilliant way to make five tackles while enjoying a creative influence, won the point kick that broke the deadlock and made three important passes.

Jeff Schlupp (CM) – 8/10 – Carries a huge threat with his movement and ball bearing as he slid around advanced areas on the field, and maintained a brilliant intensity that held Norwich back. Deservedly fired home his second Premier League strike in the campaign.

A quick break from Palace ⚡️

Expertly completed by Mateta # PLonPrime #CRYNOR pic.twitter.com/qsqPbr5Yrd

– Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 28, 2021

Jordan Ayew (RW) – 6/10 – Typically industrious, pressed continuously and made three tackles, although he was somewhat disappointed with his attacking effect.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (ST) – 7/10 – Finished well to double his team’s lead – a goal that will boost his confidence.

Odsonne Edouard (LW) – 9/10 – Played key roles in all three of Palace’s goals in the first half, clinically converted the first and put on a smooth second, before his dynamic work created the opportunity for Schlupp’s finish.

79: A second Palace replacement:

⬅️ Mateta ➡️ Benteke

Love it, JP?

? 3-0? #CPFC | #CRYNOR pic.twitter.com/XMMR7EcGzS

– Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) December 28, 2021

Luka Milivojevic (CM) – 6/10

Christian Benteke (ST) – 6/10

James Tomkins (CB) – N / A

Ben Gibson Could Not Make New Norwich Defense Gel / Chloe Knott – Danehouse / GettyImages

Angus Gunn (GK) – 4/10 – Maybe he could have done better with Palace’s second, but with what he has in front of him, a zero would have been miraculous.

Sam Byram (RB) – 3/10 – Struggled to really keep up with Palace’s attacking threat and received a warning in the first half for a nasty challenge on a breaking Kouyate.

Jacob Sorensen (CB) – 4/10 – Read the game well sometimes, and produce some brilliant silver-cloth-worthy defenses. Missed in a criminal way a golden-edged chance which, however, would have brought his side to level.

Ben Gibson (CB) – 5/10 – The most senior and commanding presence in the guests’ back line, but could not get the foreign quartet to give up.

Dimitris Giannoulis (LB) – 4/10 – Brought in a little intensity to the side and engaged in a decent fight with Ayew. On the balance sheet, however, it was a battle he probably lost before being replaced at half-time.

Kenny McLean is tackled by Will Hughes / Ryan Pierse / GettyImages

Billy Gilmour (DM) – 5/10 – Showed with cruel perseverance but, despite making six tackles and trying his best to build progressively, he once again looked a little overwhelmed in the heart of Norwich’s midfield.

Pierre Lees-Melou (CM) – 5/10 – The most dangerous player in yellow, who occasionally showed fine fluid movement between the lines – but was only a dim light in a very dark collective.

Kenny McLean (CM) – 2/10 – A stupidly hasty challenge in the initial stock markets put Palace on the road to victory.

Christos Tzolis had some decent moments / Ryan Pierse / GettyImages

Przemyslaw Placheta (RW) – 4/10 – Forced Guaita to make an astonishing stop at the hour mark, but otherwise failed to produce much of the notes.

Adam Idah (ST) – 2/10 – Ran a lot. That’s all. That’s the summary.

Christos Tzolis (LW) – 3/10 – Demonstrated some nice feet in cramped areas very sporadically but very rarely ended up in the center of events.

Rowe replaces Tzolis for his first senior appearance. # NCFC | ? #CRYNOR? 3-0 (68) pic.twitter.com/IwodFqjkL0

– Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) December 28, 2021

Brandon Williams (LB) – 4/10 – Some good arrows forward but generally not good enough to make an impact.

Jonathan Rowe (LW) – N / A – Not the most ideal situation to make your debut on top.

Josh Sargent (RW) – N / A

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