Matt Targett and John McGinn helped preserve Steven Gerrard’s perfect start as they produced one of the close football results of the weekend in the Premier League. They followed their 2-0 win last weekend, not allowing Palace a single shot in the first 80 minutes of the game. They took advantage of Villa’s vulnerability from set-pieces in the 15th minute with Targett scoring brilliantly. John McGinn doubled their lead in the 86th minute with Marc Guehi grabbing a consolation goal in the last minute of stoppage time.

Player ratings

Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (5), Guehi (6), Tomkins (6), Mitchell (5), Kouyate (5), Gallagher (5), Milivojevic (4), Olise (5), Benteke (6), Zaha (5).
Subs: Eze (6), Edouard (5), Ayew (n/a).

Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (7), Konsa (6), Mings (7), Targett (7), McGinn (8), Nakamba (6), Jacob Ramsey (6), Bailey (6), Watkins (6), Young (7).
Subs: Luiz (6), El Ghazi (7), Buendia (n/a).

Man of the match: John McGinn

Managers Reaction 

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: “I’m really disappointed with the result, but more by the performance. Today we didn’t play well enough, we didn’t move the ball quick enough or defend it well enough as a team.” he added. “The consequence is to not get anything from the game, and it’s a frustration how we concede the first goal.”

Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard: “Both our goals were worked extremely well. Our first-half performance was excellent, in a lot of departments we were top.” he added. “We knew we’d have to roll our sleeves up and fight after half-time, they made it difficult for us but we had more chances to go and score more goals.”

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