Post-match player rankings have long been the source of consternation for football fans across the country, but with the always reliable football site WhoScored.com giving players ratings based on their statistical output, you can usually expect a decent summary of any team’s display.
Whilst plenty of neutral fans are quick to assume that French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye is a consistent star performer for Alan Pardew, WhoScored don’t allow sentiment to creep into their ratings, giving him a suitably mediocre score for yesterday’s display, whilst shining a light on the efforts of James McArthur, who continues to occupy a place underneath the radar of most casual observers dispite the rave reviews he regularly receives from the Palace faithful.
There is also comfort to be taken from the mark awarded to Martin Kelly, who had something of a torrid afternoon in the North East before being subsistitued for the headline grabbing Zeki Fryers moments before Palace hammered home an equaliser from the head of James McArthur following a stunning cross from the former Spurs defender.
There will be no debate over who was deemed to be the game’s star man, with Christian Benteke’s tireless and classy display at the head of the Palace attack being topped off with a bullet header in the final minute. Those who didn’t watch the game in its entitety may question why he was given a higher grade than Jermain Defoe, who himself grabbed two goals on the day, but for Palace fans who watched from the first kick until the last, there will be no complaints over seeing the towering Belgian praised.
Have a look for yourself and see if you agree.