Crystal Palace 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Odsonne Edouard scores twice as Palace beat Wolves
Odsonne Edouard scored twice as Crystal Palace beat Wolves in a Premier League match with a frantic finish.
Edouard opened the scoring after he got in between two Wolves defenders to finish from Tyrick Mitchell’s excellent cross.
Wolves substitute Hwang Hee-chan equalised six minutes after entering the field, getting on the end of a free-kick from Pedro Neto.
But just minutes after being denied from a free-kick by Wolves keeper Jose Sa, Eberechi Eze got on the end of a knock down from Jean-Philippe Mateta to slide home.
Then Edouard combined with Mateta and produced a calm slotted finish.
Matheus Cunha headed home from close range in added time but the points were already heading to Palace.
“He’s [Mateta] not only good at holding the ball up, he’s very skilful, very technical and he can score goals and that’s exactly what he did today,” Palace manager Roy Hodgson told BBC Match of the Day.
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Slow starters come good
Hodgson’s side have been slow starters, failing to score a first-half goal in all four of their Premier League games so far.
Goals had been hard to come by with Palace scoring just two in their opening three league games.
But after a goalless first half here, Palace came to life when Edouard opened the scoring just before the hour mark.
Eze then struck after combining with Mateta, whose sublime backheel gave Edouard his second of the game – and his first Palace league double since he got two on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur two years ago.
Mateta was hugely influential off the bench with two assists – and his link-up play with Eze and Edouard gives Palace fans reason for optimism.
Asked about Mateta’s performance, Hodgson said: “His hold-up play was good, his attempts to play people in and around the penalty area were very good and he scored an excellent goal.”
Wolves leave it too late
Despite their 5-0 win over League One Blackpool in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, Wolves are not known for being particularly prolific in front of goal.
They had the better chances in the first half but couldn’t make them count.
Pedro Neto looked lively, driving through the Palace defence at one point before his shot was tipped over by Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
But it wasn’t until the introduction of Hwang that Wolves got on the scoresheet.
They did come into the game more once Palace scored, but Cunha’s late header was a mere consolation – with more frustration for a Wolves side who go into the international break with just three points.
Wolves manager Gary O’Neil told BBC Match of the Day: “Stood on the sidelines, it wasn’t a game that I thought we were going to lose. I thought we had some real good control of it.
“Obviously we suffered some big chances from our own doing, technical breakdowns with the ball, turnover, and they punished us.
“It was a big improvement today and now we need to push the lads hard to get every little drop out of them in the final third because that’s where you make a big difference.”
Player of the match
with an average of 8.55
Squad number22Player nameÉdouard
Squad number10Player nameEze
Squad number14Player nameMateta
Squad number16Player nameAndersen
Squad number6Player nameGuéhi
Squad number3Player nameMitchell
Squad number19Player nameHughes
Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew
Squad number1Player nameJohnstone
Squad number28Player nameDoucouré
Squad number8Player nameLerma
Squad number2Player nameWard
Squad number15Player nameSchlupp
Squad number7Player namePedro Neto
Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-chan
Squad number12Player nameMatheus Cunha
Squad number5Player nameLemina
Squad number23Player nameKilman
Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá
Squad number15Player nameDawson
Squad number8Player nameJoão Gomes
Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri
Squad number9Player nameFábio Silva
Squad number21Player nameSarabia
Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo
Squad number18Player nameKalajdzic
Squad number6Player nameTraoré
Squad number17Player nameBueno
- 2WardBooked at 52mins
- 9J Ayew
- 15SchluppSubstituted forMatetaat 71′minutes
- 22ÉdouardSubstituted forHughesat 90′minutes
- 22Nélson SemedoBooked at 24mins
- 3Aït-NouriBooked at 27minsSubstituted forBuenoat 82′minutes
- 21SarabiaSubstituted forHwang Hee-chanat 60′minutes
- 8João GomesBooked at 55minsSubstituted forKalajdzicat 81′minutes
- 12Matheus Cunha
- 9Fábio SilvaSubstituted forTraoréat 74′minutes
- 11Hwang Hee-chan
Match ends, Crystal Palace 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.
Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.
Goal! Crystal Palace 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Matheus Cunha (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross.
Attempt missed. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by José Sá.
Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Will Hughes.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Will Hughes replaces Odsonne Édouard.
Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nélson Semedo.
Craig Dawson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace).
Foul by Boubacar Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Crystal Palace 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Odsonne Édouard (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jean-Philippe Mateta.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hugo Bueno replaces Rayan Aït-Nouri.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sasa Kalajdzic replaces João Gomes.
Goal! Crystal Palace 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jean-Philippe Mateta.
Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Foul by Boubacar Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by João Gomes (Wolverhampton Wanderers).