The last thing that most Palace fans want to see during a game is one of their woefully useless strikers coming off the bench. However, with the score at 3-0 to Brighton despite the fact the Eagles had the numerical advantage, Roy Hodgson had no choice but to bring on his only striking option on the bench, Alexander Sørloth.
57: Kouyate is being replaced by Sørloth.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 4, 2018
The change was made just before the hour mark and it was an attacking switch that saw defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate make way. In the end, Palace actually won the final half an hour of the match 1-0, it was by no means enough to see them overturn the result but it’s a small positive that their 71-year-old gaffer can take away from the Amex.
Plenty of fans knew that Sørloth was going to be introduced sooner or later in the tie and they were all preparing themselves for the donkey’s introduction. At the age of just 22 you’d think that the Norwegian striker would have the potential and the capacity to turn his Selhurst Park career around, but so far he’s brought nothing but bad memories to the supporters, with one goal in 18 outings not making for very positive viewing.
You can read the Eagles’ verdict on Sørloth’s introduction here:
Yup now we have 10 men too
— Meyer (@oldroot07) December 4, 2018
— marco traversi (@1marcoo) 4 December 2018
Palace in trouble, playing crap and you in bring in Sorloth who has done what exactly, ever? Against 11 men Brighton, including the ref. Can't believe this is the team I saw win on Sat. Can we have a decent bloody striker for Christmas, please?
— Dr David Cowan (@dfcowan) December 4, 2018
Fine them all a weeks wages
— (@SKE4M) 4 December 2018
Safe journey home…up the Albion pic.twitter.com/erqAIo6LQ7
— Adie (@Adiedonoghue) 4 December 2018
Should have been on at half time. Palace continue to play with their heads up their bottoms….Zaha needs to calm TF down!!!
— Whisky_dave (@whiskydave) December 4, 2018
Seeing their Norweigan frontman being brought on hardly filled the fans with confidence and they’ll just be hoping Hodgson can bring in a decent striker in the January window.