JAMES HALLET GIVES HIS MATCH REPORT AND SHARES HIS THOUGHT ON WOLVES DEFEAT IN THE CAPITAL TO PALACE
Wolves had a promising start, but they didn’t pose a significant threat to Sam Johnstone’s goal. The Palace goalkeeper had a relatively quiet first half, as Wolves displayed some stylish football in the midfield but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.
Despite efforts from Fabio Silva, Joao Gomes, and Cunha they couldn’t really challenge the former Albion goalkeeper. Despite Wolves’ pressure, the best opportunities in the first half came for the hosts around the 15-minute mark. Initially, Eze believed he was fouled by Gomes inside the Wolves’ penalty area, but after a VAR review, no penalty was awarded.
However, just moments later, Palace had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Jose Sa made an errant pass from his goal, giving the ball straight to Lerma. With the goal wide open, Lerma passed the ball to Ayew, who took a first-time shot at goal. However, Max Kilman brilliantly got back on the goal line to block the effort. Just like that, the first half ended goalless.
Against the flow of the game, Palace broke the deadlock when Tyrick Mitchell advanced down the left-hand side, bypassed Semedo, and delivered a cross into the six-yard box. Edouard met the cross with his boot and powerfully poked it into the near post to put the hosts in the lead.
Wolves quickly levelled the match, though, despite being outplayed for a brief period. Substitute Hee Chan Hwang provided hope for the Old Gold. He connected with Neto’s free-kick cross with his shoulder, looping the ball over Johnstone and into the far post.
However, with just over 15 minutes remaining, Palace extended their lead. A ball into the box deflected off substitute Jean-Phillippe Mateta, and Eze reacted quickly to divert the ball under the goalkeeper. Late in the game, Palace increased their lead to two goals with Edouard scoring his second of the match. After taking a touch, the Frenchman fired a shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Wolves made every effort to get back into the match but there wasn’t much success. In the dying moments of the game, another Neto cross led to a goal, with Cunha heading the ball home. However, there was to be no late comeback. Full Time Crystal Palace 3-2 Wolves.
ARTICLES BY JAMES HALLETT
Hi i’m James. I’m a sixth form student with a passion for Wolves and sports journalism.