Written by kirsikka
This is hard as the whole game felt so low key I’ve no idea where to place things since it almost felt like neither team seemed to be playing it like a competitive match. I’ll take the performances at face value but I think it’s a stretch to read to much into them in comparison to a league match.
First up, we looked decent. By far the better team although their 10 (?) changes made them look incredibly disjointed. It was almost like some kind of cup reversal role play.
Jordan Zemura was the pick of the youngsters. Looked calm and composed on the ball and could be a danger going forward. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Nnamdi Ofoborh got involved in play well but took a few wild swipes when chances to shoot opened up for him. Still, a good contribution for a first start.
Harry Arter looked like, well, Harry Arter. If he wanted to be here then we should keep him in a H.Arter beat but sadly I think he only played today to keep the players that will be staying fresh.
Asmir Begovic made one good save and took control in his area a couple of others but it was a mostly quiet night. The penalty shoot-out was almost a farce but that wasn’t his fault. Looks like it’s fans that add the tension to these things.
Sam Surridge tried hard without being too effective but he seems like a good option to have around. Someone that will put in some hard yards upfront and try to battle.
Best comedy moment: Wayne Hennessey’s penalty. I know he’s a keeper but… wow.
That’s about it really. It was a bit of a nothing game. We played. We won. We get to beat Manchester City in the next round.
Really think Surridge goal was on side. Palace had one shot so hard to judge Bego, but he seemed assured apart from his pen.
I’m a fan of billing but wasn’t his best performance. Jack Simpson looked good for what he had to do. Not sure who we play at city next week with Norwich soon after. – Join the conversation, click here.