Goals from James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic saw Crystal Palace end their seven game winless run as they beat Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The win saw Palace move out of the bottom three and leapfrog Southampton and West Ham to within a point of Huddersfield, the Premier League newbies who might now find themselves in a relegation fight.
Palace look a different team with Wilfried Zaha on the pitch and the Ivorian was again influential in this victory over the Terriers. It was he who earned the corner that resulted in Palace’s first goal. Milivojevic’s delivery into the box saw Jonas Lossl save James Tomkins’ first time effort, but the Dane was powerless to stop the defender from slotting in the rebound.
Town had a good chance to equalise when Mamadou Sakho lost possession in a dangerous position, but the former Liverpool defender recovered to make a last ditch tackle on Steve Mounie.
Tomkins nearly scored from a corner in the second half as well, but Mounie’s goalline clearance denied him a brace. However Palace did get their second when Jorgensen clumsily brought down Milivojevic in the box, and the Serb got up to send Lossl the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Not only was it three points for Palace, but it was also a rare clean sheet for Roy Hodgson’s men.
Huddersfield Town 0 lost to Crystal Palace 2 (Tomkins, Milivojevic pen)
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West Brom suffered their eight straight defeat across all competitions as late goals from Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas saw Alan Pardew’s side go down 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium to Bournemouth.
Albion were hurt by Jonny Evans having to go off towards the end of the game, and Bournemouth came from 1-0 behind to triumph 2-1- their first win in five. The result saw the Cherries move to 10th in the table and pushed Albion closer to the drop- the Baggies are now 10 points adrift of safety with seven to play.
After first half claims for penalties at both ends were dismissed by referee Graham Scott, it was Albion who took the lead. Kieran Gibbs’ cross from the left was headed down in the box by Salomon Rondon into the path of Jay Rodriguez, who produced a cool finish from close range.
The visitors clung on to their lead for nearly half an hour before Ibe’s long range strike caught Ben Foster unawares and saw Bournemouth equaliser. Twelve minutes later, Foster was again beaten from a near identical position, this time at the near post, by Junior Stanislas’ superb free kick.
Albion could’ve taken a point but for the brilliance of Charlie Daniels, who produced a superb goalline clearance to deny Matt Phillips deep into second half stoppage time.
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This year, six English players have played in the Bundesliga alone, and this figure is more than the previous 37 seasons combined. Germany, of course, is known for promoting young talent, but this perhaps also points to a lack of opportunities domestically. The Premier League is a more money-rich league, which means the pressure on managers to perform is ENORMOUS, and they end up backing the tried and tested players rather than giving a chance to the unproven. Ademola Lookman became the first English player to score in the Bundesliga since Owen Hargreaves back in 2005.
English players to have played in the Bundesliga 17/18 season
Jadon Sancho (Dortmund from Man City)
Reece Oxford (Monchengladbach from West Ham)
Ademola Lookman (Leipzig from Everton)
Mandela Egbo (Monchengladbach from Crystal Palace)
Kaylen Hinds (Wolfsburg from Arsenal)
Ryan Kent (Freiburg from Liverpool)
One could also include the likes of young Danny Collinge, who plays for Stuttgart’s reserve team, or even Kevin Danso, the Austrian born to Ghanaian parents, who spent a major part of his life growing up in England, but now plays for Augsburg.