Crystal Palace are still searching for their first league win of the season after a 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea City.

Martin Kelly looked at fault for Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew’s goals after replacing James Tomkins late in the first half, and Palace struggled to recover.

The Eagles registered 16 attempts on goal with only three finding the target, and supporters were frustrated with a lack of urgency in attacking Swansea when they were vulnerable.

For the third consecutive league game, Frank de Boer’s side have both failed to score and secure all three points.

Here is how News Shopper rated Crystal Palace’s players…

Wayne Hennessey - 5 - Has to be frustrated by both goals, and was let down by his defence on both occasions. Perhaps could have done more for the second though, but an afternoon to forget.  

Timothy Fosu-Mensah - 6 - Struggled against the physicality of Tammy Abraham in the first half and could have been punished. In the second, he slotted into an unusual wingback role but performed well. Should not be a regular position, though.

James Tomkins - 5 - One of his most memorable moments was an errant pass that was intercepted, before going off with an injury shortly before half-time.

Scott Dann - 8 - Lead the defensive line well, as expected, and met everything with conviction. Had a chance late on to potentially get a goal back, but was blocked by Marcus Olsson. Crystal Palace's man of the match.

Joel Ward - 6 - Grew into the game as it went on and helped enable Townsend to become more threatening. Should have done better when he broke into the box for a cross in the first, but deliveries into Benteke late on in the second were better.

Patrick van Aanholt - 5 - Two early lapses in concentration could, and perhaps should, have been capitalised upon by Swansea. Was the more advanced of the two wingback, but didn’t really do enough to force the issue before being replaced.

Luka Milivojevic - 5 - A mixed bag: protected the defence well with clearances and tackles to disrupt the Swansea forwards, but also was not the most accurate with his supplies into the frontmen.

Jason Puncheon - 6 - Forced the issue more in the second half by becoming more involved in the final third after a quiet first 45 minutes. Looked restrained again by defensive responsibilities, but did reasonably well.

James McArthur - 6 - When switched to Van Aanholt’s side in the first half, his awareness protected Palace from being exposed. Kept play ticking over and looked to gain confidence from the brace earlier in the week, especially with the acrobatic effort towards the end.

Andros Townsend - 6 - Was the most involved Palace attacker all game, but his shooting quite clearly let him down. All but one or two were on target, and his crosses were mostly met with Swansea defenders.

Christian Benteke - 5 - In the first half, it could be argued the service into him was not good enough, and there was little he could do. In the second, it was marginally improved and he perhaps could have been more proactive. In the end, neither party benefited as he cut a frustrated figure after his booking.


Yohan Cabaye - 7

Lee Chung-Yong - 6

Martin Kelly - 2