Crystal Palace stop Man City winning
Usually a 0-0 scoreline denotes a missable game. That wasn’t the case on Sunday at Selhurst Park.
In a thrilling match in south London, Crystal Palace became the first Premier League to stop Man City scoring this season.
Palace also joined Everton in becoming just the second team to hold Man City to a draw.
Of course, Pep Guardiola’s side have yet to be beaten. But the Sky Blues’ 19-game winning run has come to an end.
Fears Crystal Palace stars will be banned
There are calls for two Crystal Palace stars to be banned by the FA.
The first is Palace flyer Wilfried Zaha.
In injury time Palace won a penalty when Raheem Sterling took out Wilfried Zaha in the area.
Luka Milivojevic took the spot-kick but Ederson made the dramatic save.
But did Zaha dive? And if so will he be punished?
From our perspective it’s highly unlikely any action will come Zaha’s way.
Did Zaha dive for the penalty? Should he be banned?
"If we want to stamp out diving, they should look to ban him." pic.twitter.com/KfBMuJNB6m
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 31, 2017
Zaha doesn’t help himself with the way he celebrates “winning” penalties…. pic.twitter.com/uZHTBGUTIW
— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) December 31, 2017
The second player who is facing calls for FA action is Jason Puncheon.
Puncheon took out Kevin De Bruyne in the final minutes of the game. KBD was forced off the pitch on a stretcher.
But Puncheon was also booked for his cynical foul on the Man City star. That means the FA will not issue any punishment the midfielder’s way either.
— Arthur Tanghe (@TangheJr) December 31, 2017
Disgusting challenge from Puncheon on De Bruyne. Hope De Bruyne recovers quickly. Game needs class like De Bruyne’s, not reckless acts like Puncheon’s.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 31, 2017
@FA I hope you give #Puncheon a very, very lengthy ban for that assault on De Bruyne because if he’d done that on the street the Met Police would be charging him. An absolute disgrace of a so called footballer. It’s about time you started protecting City players. How many times..
— Mark Pennington (@mpenning37) December 31, 2017
Southampton & Brighton
Palace start 2018 with back to back away matches on the south coast.
They first take on Southampton, who held Man United to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.
Then it’s the small matter of an FA Cup third round knockout tie at eternal rivals Brighton on Saturday.