Manager, Goalkeeper and Defenders
Ralph Hasenhuttl, Manager – 8
Made the Bednarek change at the right time – whether that be a tactical change or not.
Thankfully plenty of players in this game that gave him some positive food for thought as he looks to 2021/22.
Fraser Forster, Goalkeeper – 8
A really strong display from Forster, with his penalty save from Luka Milivojevic the highlight of a commanding evening.
Two other saves kept Palace’s goal total down to one and may have even seen him push ahead of Alex McCarthy in the goalkeeping department once again.
Kyle Walker-Peters, Right-Back – 7
Tried to make an impression and tried to be the attacking outlet that he normally is but did not have much space to work with.
Defensively though, things were kept relatively quiet down his side of the pitch, which is significant because he was facing Wilfried Zaha.
Jan Bednarek, Centre-Back – 4
As pointed out by many Saints fans online, he looked tired here and maybe needs a spell out of the team if Hasenhuttl can afford to bench him. Withdrawn at half-time, reportedly with an injury.
Very much a player to build around into the future but his long run in the team means he has probably just run out of steam.
Jannik Vestergaard, Centre-Back – 6
Solid enough display and played a big part in the attacking build-up as always. Most aerial duels won and most clearances of any Saints player.
Will surely be on the transfer shortlists of some top clubs this summer but Saints will see him as on of the players they want to base the next two or three years on.
Jack Stephens, Left-Back – 7
Performed well again in what is not a natural position for him, but the weighted attack towards Saints’ right flank helps in this and made sure he always had Nathan Redmond in close proximity.
One moment where he almost gifted a goal to Palace but recovered well to make a challenge just in time.