The winless streak of Southampton stretched to six games as the team played a draw with Crystal Palace in their Premier League match on Wednesday night. Wilfried Zaha found the net in just two minutes of the game to open the scoring for Crystal Palace. In another half an hour, James Ward-Prowse whipped a free-kick into the top corner equalizing the scoreboard to 1-1.
Armando Broja doubled the lead for Southampton in the 36th minute, however, in the second half Palace leveled up with a goal from Jordan Ayew. The score remained constant until 90 minutes and the match ended in a 2-2 draw (match result). As a result, Crystal Palace climbed to 11th position with 20 points while Southampton remains in 15th position with 17 points.
Crystal Palace head coach Patrick Vieira said: “At the end of the first half, we got punished by stopping playing after scoring the first goal. I think we were making too many touches, we were playing individually and not collectively and they started to build confidence. Then they scored those two goals and, in the first half, I think we played for 10 or 15 minutes.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl commented: “After not a very good start, it made it not easy for us. We then had a little bit of luck because we could have been two down and then it’s tougher to come back. But the reaction we showed afterward was brilliant. Prowse had a good moment to show his quality. Then the belief was there that we could get something here and we started playing football how we want to play.”
Crystal Palace 2-2 Southampton
Crystal Palace: Butland, Ward, Tomkins, Guehi, Mitchell, Gallagher, Hughes, Kouyate, Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
Subs: Benteke, Olise, Andersen
Southampton: Caballero, Livramento, Salisu, Lyanco, Walker-Peters, Smallbone, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Tella, Broja, Redmond
Subs used: Long, Djenepo, Walcott
Man of the match: Armando Broja
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