Crystal Palace supporters have been absolutely buzzing in recent times after seeing their side pick up a remarkable victory in the Premier League on Saturday.
Roy Hodgson’s men went into their encounter with league leaders and defending champions Manchester City off the back of a narrow success over Leicester City in their preceding league encounter, yet having failed to win on the road since their 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town back in September. Yet the Eagles recorded a second away league win of the season on Saturday in brilliantly beating Pep Guardiola’s side 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium, with goals from Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend, and Luka Milivojevic inspiring the visitors to an unlikely three points.
Thus, there have been many delighted Eagles supporters up and down the country in recent times, with the vast majority of the 13 players used by Hodgson at the weekend likely coming in for praise given the excellent team performance put together by the Londoners.
Yet it was the display of right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka up against the in-form Leroy Sane which epitomised everything majestic about Hodgson’s side on Saturday.
The young defender has been one of the breakout stars of 2018 in nailing down the right back spot at Selhurst Park, with Saturday his 17th Premier League start of the campaign, missing their only other match as a result of suspension back in August.
And he came up against arguably the toughest of tests in City’s Sane on Saturday, who had scored three and assisted six in his last seven Premier League games, only to do an outstanding job on the Germany international to help the Eagles to all three points.
The Englishman won one of his two aerial duels over the course of the 90 minutes and completed five tackles to thwart the advances of Sane down the City left – that tally was the joint-most alongside Townsend of any Palace player on Saturday (as per WhoScored).
Add in three blocks, two clearances, and two interceptions, and it was an excellent all round defensive display by Wan-Bissaka to seriously minimise the impact of one of the division’s best and most in-form forwards – the 21-year-old had an answer to everything.
And, in the end, so did Hodgson’s Palace, who withstood a barrage of City pressure throughout much of the second half, with England Under-21 international Wan-Bissaka, valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt, epitomising everything majestic about the Eagles at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
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