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Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojevic earn Palace win

Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojevic earn Palace win

Jordan Ayew fired Crystal Palace aheadCrystal Palace struck two late goals as Roy Hodgson’s side edged further away from the Premier League relegation zone with victory over Wolves at Molineux.Jordan Ayew put the visitors ahead with seven minutes remaining, producing a sublime touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s effort before converting from close range for…

Jordan Ayew puts Crystal Palace ahead

Jordan Ayew fired Crystal Palace ahead

Crystal Palace struck two late goals as Roy Hodgson’s side edged further away from the Premier League relegation zone with victory over Wolves at Molineux.

Jordan Ayew put the visitors ahead with seven minutes remaining, producing a sublime touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s effort before converting from close range for his first goal for the club.

Luka Milivojevic then made no mistake from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time after Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Ryan Bennett.

The visitors dictated the early play and captain Milivojevic’s dipping effort from the edge of the area forced Rui Patricio into a fine save after Willy Boly had been robbed of possession by Andros Townsend.

Raul Jimenez registered Wolves’ first meaningful attempt – firing over from distance – before Matt Doherty missed the best chance of the first half as he headed over when left in space from a corner.

Palace had an escape after the break as Doherty failed to connect with Ivan Cavaleiro’s cross, having caught Aaron Wan Bissaka in possession, while at the other end Ayew failed to hit the target under pressure from Conor Coady.

But Crystal Palace’s late show ensured they move six points clear of Southampton in 18th, while Wolves lost ground on Leicester.

Disciplined Palace find breakthrough

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Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace: Roy Hodgson delighted with three points after ‘deserved win’

Since Crystal Palace scored three times on their way to shocking Manchester City before Christmas, Hodgson’s side’s attacking shortcomings again became evident.

A goalless draw with Cardiff preceded a forgettable defeat by Chelsea – and up to the 83rd minute this appeared a familiar tale for the Eagles despite a dominant display.

Hodgson admitted an interest in loaning Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke to address his side’s lack of goals, but a move was ruled out before kick-off over concerns about the 21-year-old’s fitness.

But Ghana forward Ayew picked the perfect time for his first goal since joining from Swansea in the summer, producing a rare moment of quality with his first touch as Palace’s late pressure was rewarded.

Despite a disciplined performance and Milivojevic adding some gloss to the scoreline with 94 minutes played, the fact remains that only two sides have scored fewer goals than the Eagles in this campaign.

Nevertheless the table does offer some relief to Hodgson after a steady festive period – but a move for a striker in the transfer window still appears crucial if they are to make further progress in 2019.

Another home defeat for Wolves

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Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace: Nuno Espírito Santo says his side can have “no excuses”

Wolves were well off the pace against the Eagles as four matches in the space of 12 days appeared to take their toll on Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

A memorable year for the club was fittingly capped by defeating title-hopefuls Tottenham in their final match of 2018, scoring three times in a pulsating final 18 minutes.

Those late heroics masked the fact they failed to create chances in the first half against Spurs and they didn’t ever get going against Palace in what is becoming a theme at home given this was their fifth defeat in seven games at Molineux.

Doherty should have done better when Boly’s misdirected header fell to the Republic of Ireland defender inside the six-yard box, while leading scorer Jimenez saw his opportunities restricted.

In fact they failed to register a shot on target until substitute Ruben Neves attempted to find the bottom corner on 91 minutes as the visitors found an incisive side in the final 10 minutes.

Man of the match – Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace)

Mamadou Sakho celebrates

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho was solid at the back as Roy Hodgson’s side recorded a clean sheet. The former Liverpool regained possession more times than any other player.

‘No excuses’ – what they said

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “I thought we were the team pushing for the goal and when we eventually got it I think we can say we deserved it.

“Jordan worked so hard and it was fitting he could score the goal that has eluded him and us for so long. I’m really pleased with the performance, discipline and delighted to win a game away from home because it makes the Christmas period quite a good one for us.”

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo: “The first half was very compact, both teams very organised but we didn’t quite get in the game. We have to do better.

“There’s no excuses. We didn’t perform well. Palace had one day less [to prepare] than us – so there’s no excuses.”

Zaha delivers penalties – the stats

  • Wolves have lost five of their last seven Premier League home games after remaining unbeaten in their first four at Molineux this season.
  • Wolves managed just one shot on target, their joint-lowest tally in a Premier League game this season.
  • Crystal Palace have won consecutive away Premier League games within the same season for the first time since April 2017.
  • Only Liverpool (12), Chelsea (10) and Tottenham (9) have kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than Palace (8).
  • Jordan Ayew claimed his first Premier League goal since scoring for Swansea against Everton in April 2018.
  • Since the start of last season, Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has won eight Premier League penalties, two more than any other player.
  • 78% of Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic’s Premier League goals have been penalties (14/18) – the highest ratio among players with 15+ goals in the competition.

What’s next?

Crystal Palace host Grimsby Town in the FA Cup on Saturday (17:30 GMT) and Wolves welcome Liverpool to Molineux in the same competition on Monday (19:45).

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5BennettBooked at 54mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15BolyBooked at 23mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 27SaïssBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNevesat 73'minutes
  • 19Castro OttoBooked at 90mins
  • 10Hélder CostaSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 64'minutes
  • 9Jiménez
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forTraoréat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Neves
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 33Bonatini
  • 37Traoré

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5Tomkins
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 62mins
  • 18McArthur
  • 10Townsend
  • 14J AyewSubstituted forWickhamat 88'minutes
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 21Wickham
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
30,666

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 2. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha draws a foul in the penalty area.

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Vicente Guaita.

Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

Booking

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Connor Wickham replaces Jordan Ayew.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Crystal Palace 1. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a headed pass.

Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves replaces Romain Saïss because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Conor Coady.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Andros Townsend following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Hélder Costa.

Attempt blocked. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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