Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 3: Five things we learned

24 Sep

3 – Mixed day for Joe

Joe Ledley hasn’t enjoyed too many better years than 2016 impressing for both club and country.

But after the highs of Wales reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship, Ledley endured a real low today, gifting Defoe his opening goal.

Ledley is normally so assured in possession but inexplicably, he panicked as Adnan Januzaj closed him down, sending a wayward back pass across his penalty area which was gleefully seized on by Defoe ahead of Palace’s two centre-halves.

The Eagles’ midfielder, however, didn’t let that mistake affect him and moments after Defoe’s second goal, he reduced the deficit with an effort which took a wicked deflection off Patrick Van Aanholt.

4 – When your name’s in the news…

Talking of Van Aanholt, perhaps it was inevitable he’d figure prominently this afternoon.

After his heart scare and ticking off from David Moyes for smoking a Sisha pipe, PVA notched up a hat-trick of sorts with his contribution to Ledley’s goal.

Not one, he’ll be too fond of, however.

Ledley’s shot may have been going in but the ricochet off the Sunderland left-back totally wrong-footed his keeper Jordan Pickford.

The way it’s been going for him lately, the Dubious Goals Panel will probably decide it’s his own goal.

To cap a bad day for him, Van Aanholt allowed James McArthur to outjump him for Palace’s equaliser heading in a cross from sub Zeki Fryers who had only been on the pitch for one minute.


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