Crystal Palace latest news: Patrick Vieira's big 'mistake' this week revealed

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira looking deep in thought

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira made a “mistake” by substituting Odsonne Edouard during Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Brighton, according to journalist Michael Bridge.

What happened?

In what was a closely-fought contest at Selhurst Park, Palace took the lead in first half stoppage time thanks to a Wilfried Zaha penalty after Conor Gallagher was brought down in the box by Leandro Trossard.

The Eagles appeared to be seeing out the match well, and with 18 minutes remaining, Vieira turned to his bench, bringing on Christian Benteke to replace Edouard.

Palace continued to hold out comfortably until the final minute of the game, when they were dealt a cruel blow as Neal Maupay rescued a point for the visitors.



What did Bridge say about Edouard being substituted?

The Sky Sports reporter felt that Palace lost some of their momentum when Edouard went off, and that this change allowed Brighton to get back into the game.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about Vieira’s decision, Bridge said: “Actually, Vieira made a bit of a mistake. Edouard might have been tired but as soon as Benteke came on, I thought Palace lost a little bit. I thought Edouard was alright.”

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Did Vieira make a mistake?

Replacing your lone striker inside the final 20 minutes of a football match is a fairly common change, and it seems likely that Vieira simply wanted to put fresh legs on the pitch. However, the statistics suggest that he may have got this decision wrong.

As Bridge alluded to, Edouard did appear to put in a solid performance, as he managed to put his only shot of the game on target, while he held the ball up well, completing 83.3% of his attempted passes (via WhoScored). The one criticism of his display could be his lack of involvement at times, with the 23-year-old only getting 23 touches of the ball in total – considerably less than any of his teammates who started the match.

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However, Benteke was certainly unable to make the desired impact off the bench. The Belgian forward made only 25% of his attempted passes and had just eight touches of the ball as he struggled to stamp his authority on the game. This saw him receive a disappointing WhoScored match rating of 6.16.

It is hard to say whether that specific switch in personnel cost Palace two points on Monday, but it may make Vieira think twice about taking Edouard off again when Palace host Leicester this weekend. 

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