Crystal Palace ratings vs Villa: Zaha a silver lining in poor display

Dean Smith’s side were in the lead inside five minutes after Bertrand Traore fired home from close range after Vicente Guaita saved from Ollie Watkins.

Palace looked to have been handed a way back in to the game when Mings was sent off following a second yellow card on the brink of half-time, but the visitors created very little in the second half and were left stunned by goals from Kourtney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi.

Here is how Jack Rosser rated Crystal Pa;ace’s players…

Could do little about the goals and made some good saves, but 10 goals shipped in two games is never a good look.

Poor defending against Ollie Watkins as he slipped free in the build-up to Villa’s second goal, offered little going forward.

Didn’t make any glaring mistakes but collectively the defending was poor throughout.

Struggled up against the pace of Ollie Watkins for most of the game, perhaps highlighting the need for Palace to bring in some more youthful faces at the back.

Didn’t offer enough going forward when Palace should have taken advantage of Villa going down to ten men.

The winger’s work rate can never be faulted but there was little in the way of end product.

Reliable as ever in midfield, got involved going forward in the first half but faded before being replaced with around 15 minutes to go.

Gave away a cheap free-kick from which Villa scored their second and could have done better from set pieces.

Had a couple of impressive moments in the first half but struggled to make an impact against ten men in the second.

Had a brilliant chance inside the first minute, caused plenty of problems for the Villa defence on top of his involvement in Mings’s dismissal.

Struggled to find the form from the three games before he was suspended and could not make a big impact on his return to Villa Park.

Brought on to inject some creativity into proceedings but things fell apart shortly after his introduction.

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