Crystal Palace were defeated 1-0 by Sunderland on Monday evening.
Palace suffered a home defeat at the hands of Sunderland on Monday evening, with Jermain Defoe’s 80th minute goal handing Sam Allardyce just his second win of the season.
Defoe scored courtesy of a defensive mishap, but Sunderland were well worth their victory with Palace struggling to ever get going. The defence looked under pressure every time the ball came close to them, whilst Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur struggled to impose themselves upon the game as they normally do.
In the final third, Jason Puncheon was ineffective before being substituted at half-time, and Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha were struggling to have an effect upon the game, despite good performances from a solo standpoint. They were skilful and tricky, but rarely set up any chances for Connor Wickham to score with.
It was Wickham who looked most off the pace of any Palace player, as he lined up as the lone forward against the team who sold him over the summer transfer window.
It was his first start since recovering from injury, and Wickham was clearly getting back up to the speed of the game, but he did nothing to suggest he is closer to scoring his first goal for the Eagles.
He was not handed many opportunities due to the selfishness of Zaha and Bolasie, but Wickham failed to create anything himself, or work the space for his teammates to run into. It appeared as if he had been given a different game plan to the rest of the Palace players, and it was a surprise that it took until the 76th minute before he was substituted off.
Following the game, Palace fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment with Wickham’s performance against Sunderland.
£9m for Connor Wickham. Well and truly mugged off #cpfc— Carl Tushingham (@Tushydog) November 23, 2015
Wickham is the worst transfer in English Football history. #CPFC— Harvey (@Wheddsta) November 23, 2015
Watching Wickham play today made me realise just how good Wilbs was in comparison #cpfc— Matt Coomey (@Coooomey) November 23, 2015
@GIFS_CPFC bamford was awful. Wickham didn't contribute either.— Will Ringer (@Will_Ringer) November 23, 2015
Murray over Wickham and bamford put together #cpfc— Danny Priestley (@priestley93) November 23, 2015
@CPFC i'll give my thoughts: Wickham was terrible, Cabaye and McCarthur need to be up more, and we just looked downright lazy today.— Austin Harmon (@austinhar17) November 23, 2015
Wickham basically proved every Sunderland fan right tonight. Lazy, weak and gutless. Absolutely unacceptable. #CPFC— Matthew Barton (@MatthewBarton) November 23, 2015
@CPFC What have we spent all that money on!? Wickham is a shed door in shorts ... an utter thud of a limited centre forward.— BeCo (@BeCo74) November 23, 2015