Crystal Palace 0 Wolves 1 – Eagles are dire as they continue to struggle at Selhurst Park

BY MATT WOOSNAM
Matt Doherty’s second-half goal earned Wolves a comfortable victory over a dire Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park.

The midfielder played a neat one-two with Raul Jimenez down Palace’s left before smashing low past Wayne Hennessey on 56 minutes.

The visitors were deserving of their victory and dominated the second half.

The Eagles had the most possession in the opening period and should have taken the lead when Wilfried Zaha beat his man before firing across the face of goal, but there was no home player there to turn the ball in.

Wolves hit back and Jimenez was left unchallenged to shoot from the edge of the box following a counter but he dragged his effort well wide of Hennessey’s goal on 22 minutes.

Four minutes later and again Jimenez was presented with an opportunity after Diogo Jota played a perfect ball behind the Palace defence but Hennessey was out quickly to make an excellent save and keep his side level.

Wolves were organised and frustrated the hosts, while offering plenty on the counter.

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha appears dejected after the final whistle during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.
They started the second half brightly and were rewarded for continued pressure when Doherty slotted home with a fine finish from a tight angle.

From there-on-in it was backs to the walls, sit back, organise, keep-your-shape, intelligent stuff from Wolves, and Palace struggled to break them down.

Max Meyer’s belated introduction for the booked James McArthur on 63 minutes failed to make inroads but they should have pulled level soon after when the German’s volley was well saved by Rui Patricio before the keeper followed it up by saving from Schlupp.

Wolves should have put themselves out of sight with 10 minutes remaining but Ivan Cavaleiro’s fierce strike cannoned off the crossbar.

It was to be the final meaningful action of a dreadful game which leaves Palace without a goal at home from their five fixtures at Selhurst Park so far this season, with only Huddersfield for company there.

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