Palace stormed into the fifth round of the FA cup with a convincing win against an injury-ravaged Spurs at Selhurst. Mike Scott looks at how the players performed

Julian Speroni – 9

If that was Speroni’s final game in a Palace shirt, he went out on a high. An excellent double save to deny N’Koudou from close range was the crowning achievement in a game that more than made up for the Liverpool error.

Patrick Van Aanholt – 7

Yes, he gave away the penalty, but I’m glad he did. Because Palace fans standing behind the goal will remember that miss for a long time. Was a catalyst for many moves, had a good effort saved and he kept Lucas Moura quiet.

Scott Dann - 8

Just the performance Dann needed after the rumours about him being moved onto Fulham. Authoritative display that underlined the strength in depth Palace have at the back.

Martin Kelly – 7

Did really well against a misfiring Llorente and looked to be forming a decent partnership with Dann. Showed again that he is as reliable a centre back as anyone at the club.

Joel Ward - 8

A faultless defensive display, including some commanding and important clearances in the air, was complimented by some forward play that Wan-Bissaka would be proud of. It was his ball in that led to Wickham scoring the opener.

Cheikhou Kouyate – 8

Kouyate doesn’t often get a chance to show his anchor skills without Luka alongside him – and he passed the test with ease. He controlled the defensive area middle third for the whole game, giving Meyer time and space to venture forward.

Jeffrey Schlupp – 7

A man under fire from many corners of the social media world, he needed a good game and delivered. He covered PVA well, which has been an issue on the left at times this season, was happy to run with the ball and was involved in the opener.

Max Meyer – 8

With Kouyate manning things at the back, Meyer got a rare opportunity to play what seems to be his natural game, receiving the ball under pressure and feeding the forward players. He seemed to be the oil that kept everything working and counter attacks productive.

Andros Townsend – 8

Consistently Palace’s outlet for breaks and he was too much for Walker-Peters and Vertonghen. Lamela sured things up a bit more in the second half. Decent penalty too, although he perhaps should have scored a second soon after.

Wilfried Zaha - 6

As usual, Spurs concentrated their efforts on blocking Wilf out from the game, which is why there was space for others to manoeuvre more. Foyth, who was the annoying guy who popped up with the winner in the league recently, did well to avoid Zaha going through one on one quite as often as he would have liked.

Connor Wickham – 6

Great for Wickham to get back on the scoresheet after the ice ages that have passed since he lost had a decent run in the side. Otherwise, Palace’s style of play wasn’t one that played to his strengths, but he made a nuisance of himself as much as he could.


Christian Benteke – 6

By the time Benteke came out on 70 minutes, it was more of a rear-guard action, so he had little chance to affect the game, although his hold up play helped.

Luka Milivojevic – 6

On for Meyer with 11 minutes to go, Luka helped sure things up as Spurs came onto Palace more.

Jordan Ayew – 5

Replaced Townsend with two minutes to go but had little to do.

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