VIDEO: McArthur’s Brace & Lokilo’s Eye-Catching Display Vs Ipswich

1 Posted by - August 23, 2017 - News, Video

An experimental Crystal Palace side beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Selhurst Park yesterday, thanks to a beautiful brace from Scottish midfielder James McArthur in the second half.

This video shows you all the highlights, including Jimmy’s double and an impressive display from Jason Lokilo.

The side Frank de Boer started the game with looked on paper, to be a strange combination and so it proved so in the opening 45 minutes. Patrick van Aanholt, known for being left footed, was placed on the right-hand side, whilst academy graduate Sullay Kaikai was played at the head of the team; a role that saw him occasionally drifting back into wide areas rather than remaining central.

Although the Dutchman had Benteke on the bench in case of an emergency, he resisted the urge to use him and instead persisted with the attacking threat posed by Lokilo and Kaikai; a decision which I feel he deserves real credit for in hindsight.

After swapping Dann for Timothy Fosu-Mensah at the interval, he then threw on Townsend for van Aanhlot and Lee Chung-Yong for Kaikai, with both of the latter switches making a noticeable difference on the team’s flow.

The opening goal of the night was beautifully taken by McArthur, racing towards goal at pace, cutting back on the edge of the penalty area and curling an effort into the far corner of the net in front of the Holmesdale Road.

The second saw the ball rolled into McArthur’s feet from the left wing, allowing him to set his feet 18 yards out and fire a strike into the top right-hand corner with genuine authority. It was a performance that will surely have convinced the new boss of Jimmy’s worth to the squad, particularly when you consider the struggles we’ve had to score goals so far this term.

It may not have been a totally convincing 90 minute performance but after the last couple of weeks, I’ll take any win we can get. Hopefully, this provides the confidence boost necessary for us to go and pick up our first three points of the season at home to Swansea this weekend.

Enjoy.

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8 Comments

  • tzcar August 23, 2017 - 7:59 am Reply

    i hear fdb want,s to get rid of mcarthur and tomkins.if there,s any player,s at palace that are fighter,s it,s them.gradually de-boer is eroding team spirit.this is what has kept us up in recent season,s. im telling u de-boer is not the man to take this side forward,s.swansea and burnley, next,will prove his worth.

    • admin August 23, 2017 - 8:08 am Reply

      I highly doubt he’ll be selling Jimmy after last night mate.

      • tzcar August 23, 2017 - 11:01 am Reply

        i hope your right.but for me de-boer wants players who will not work well in the premiership. i too are a mcarthur fan,always gives 100 cent.but not a de-boertype player.and i worry that de-boer is not roght for palace.

        • admin August 23, 2017 - 11:36 am Reply

          FdB said only last night that he feels Jimmy is perfect as the most advanced player in a 5-man midfield. I think his display yesterday proved a few things.

  • Spiceboy August 23, 2017 - 8:03 am Reply

    Only positives from the game he saw the class of jimmy Mac who is far better than puncheon and he saw his system was crap again and then we dominated when we went to 4-3-3 on 50 minutes. Let’s hope this moron learns from this or as said before dougie will be running the team which at the moment I would prefer.

    • admin August 23, 2017 - 8:09 am Reply

      I doubt DF will ever take over as manager again mate, it’s not as Machiavellian as that.

  • Spiceboy August 23, 2017 - 8:22 am Reply

    Hoppo check the stats out from his system to when we changed on 50 minutes it’s staggering. Just saying if he wants his job he needs to adapt or buy better

    • admin August 23, 2017 - 9:20 am Reply

      I would also suggest that his willingness to switch to a back four and the upward trend after will have an impact on him.

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