Danny Murphy slams Crystal Palace performance in Premier League defeat at Wolves
Former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has slated Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace after a lacklustre performance saw them fall to a 2-0 defeat at Wolves on Friday evening.
Despite the South London side having enjoyed more ball possession, they were unable to find the net and were condemned to the bottom half of the Premier League table while Wolves climbed to third.
Goals from debutant Rayan Ait-Nouri and Portuguese winger Daniel Podence sealed all three points for the hosts, who were level on points with Palace going into the match.
Skipper Luka Milivojevic was shown a straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson with four minutes remaining following a lunge on Joao Moutinho as frustration began to creep in.
While Murphy conceded that Milivojevic’s dismissal was ‘ridiculous’, he expressed his surprise at the way Hodgson had set up his team, with Wolves easily able to use width to play around them.
“It’s a ridiculous red card but I’ve never seen Roy’s team set-up like this, especially in the first half, it was so easy to play against,” he said, speaking on Match of the Day.
“Three narrow up front, three narrow in midfield, space for the wing-backs was ridiculous. They were so easy to play against, it wasn’t a Roy Hodgson performance or a Palace performance.
“The switch was on constantly, the full-backs couldn’t get out because their back four was playing against Wolves’ front three. It looked compact, they couldn’t get through the middle, it’s fine when you’ve got full-backs high but they couldn’t come out because they were marking the two wingers.
“All the time in the world to play, all the time in the world to make runs. Yes there was quality runs and quality passes but they’re too late, they can’t get back.
“They did get better in the second half but I just couldn’t understand the thought process and the tactical element in what they were trying to do.”
Palace will be looking to return to winning ways next weekend as they welcome Leeds United to Selhurst Park.
Their other fixtures in November see them take on strugglers Burnley at Turf Moor before they entertain Newcastle United at home four weeks from now.