All you need to know about Crystal Palace 2-2 Southampton [Video]


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Southampton came from behind but could not hold on against Crystal Palace as Jordan Ayew’s first goal of the season meant the points were shared.

The Eagles took the lead after just two minutes when Wilfried Zaha fired past Willy Caballero.




But the Saints fought back and were level on 32 minutes thanks to James Ward-Prowse’s exquisite free-kick that left Jack Butland no chance as it sailed into the top-left corner.

Butland was picking the ball out of his net again four minutes later. This time it was Armando Broja who rifled home from 25 yards out.

Southampton had Cabellero to thank after a fine double save denied Odsonne Edouard after the break, but he failed to prevent Ayew levelling in the 65th minute from an acute angle.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was happy to come away with a point come the full-time whistle.




He said: “It [the draw] feels at the moment OK, I’ll have to look back and see if it’s OK. “We showed a good response and the first half was completely for us.

“The second half we tried but you could feel the opponents were coming up with emotions and the crowd.

“It was a stupid goal to concede, we had chances to clear, it was hard to take but the response was good.

“We brought on a few offensive players, we had a few good moments to score again.

“Broja’s goal was fantastic, Prowse’s was amazing, two goals should be enough in an away game for three points.”

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The Eagles have won just one of their last 17 Premier League matches played on Wednesdays (D8 L8), winless in 12 at Selhurst Park (D7 L5) since a 1-0 success over Aston Villa in February 1993.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have now conceded 75 league goals in 2021, with only Ipswich in 1994 (79) and Bradford in 2000 (76) ever conceding more in a single year in Premier League history.

Zaha’s goal after 119 seconds was Palace’s fastest top-flight goal since May, which was also against Southampton when Christian Benteke scored after 115 seconds.

Ward-Prowse scored his 11th direct free-kick in the Premier League – only David Beckham (18), Thierry Henry (12) and Gianfranco Zola (12) have scored more in the division.

Ayew ended a run of 42 Premier League appearances without a goal, netting his first since November 2020 against Leeds – 24 of his 27 goals in the competition have been scored in the second half.






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