Crystal Palace vs Fulham Player Ratings: Dull and Timid Goalless Draw

Crystal Palace and Fulham were involved in a dull goalless draw at Selhurst Park as the two teams could not be separated over the 90 minutes. It was a fiery and tactical London derby that did not witness too many opportunities for the two teams.

Crystal Palace vs Fulham: Timeline

5’ – Andreas Pereira gets a shot on target to bring out a fine save from Sam Johnstone

42’ – Eberechi Eze comes close to breaking the deadlock with a moment of individual brilliance just outside the box but his shot goes just wide

68’ – Fulham’s best chance of the game comes with a great low ball from Raul Jimenez that narrowly evades Andreas Pereira

69’ – Raul Jimenez has his best chance of the game with a header that goes over the bar

80’ – Andreas Pereira hits a freekick straight at the wall

Fulham's Bobby De Cordova-Reid
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The Big Stat

Bernd Leno became the top goalkeeper in the Premier League for the 2023-24 season so far after having managed three clean sheets. This is quite an impressive feat with Fulham having only played six matches so far this season. Bernd Leno has also managed back-to-back clean sheets following the win over Luton in the last game.

Crystal Palace vs Fulham player ratings: Star Player

Bernd Leno might have ended up picking up more clean sheets than in other goalkeepers this season, but Sam Johnstone came up with a brilliant performance. Even though the overall distribution from Johnstone was not great, he made some stunning saves to keep Fulham and their half chances out. Johnstone ended up making five saves compared to Leno’s two saves on the day.

Sam Johnstone of Crystal Palace
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Crystal Palace vs Fulham player ratings: Marvellous Work for First Clean Sheet in Six

Crystal Palace were able to register a first clean sheet in six matches after a strong defensive display. Even though Hodgson would have been disappointed to see not too many clear-cut opportunities for his team in the 90 minutes, Palace was very solid at the back. This bodes well for a team which is all set to face Manchester United in back-to-back games in two different competitions.

Crystal Palace player ratings

Sam Johnstone 8/10 – Some excellent saves

Joel Ward 6/10 – Mediocre threat

Marc Guehi 7/10 – Calm and composed

Joachim Andersen 7/10 – Aerial prowess

Tyrick Mitchell 6/10 – Mediocre throughout

Will Hughes 7/10 – Battling performance

Cheick Doucoure 6/10 – Failed to win aerial battles

Jordan Ayew 6/10 – Offered more defensive qualities

Jeffrey Schlupp 6/10 – Dispossessed too often

Eberechi Eze 7/10 – A big threat for Palace

Odsonne Edouard 6/10 – Failed to get even a single shot

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone (left) saves at the feet of Fulham’s Carlos Vinicius during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park – Photo by Icon sport


Jean-Philippe Mateta 6/10 – Failed to even have a shot on target

Jesurun Rak-Sakyiat 6/10 – Not much time to make a difference

Back-To-Back Clean Sheets for the Cottagers

Fulham are unbeaten in consecutive league matches following a goalless draw against Crystal Palace. Even though there were plenty of half chances for the Cottagers, they were unable to take those few chances that came the way. Offensively, Fulham will have concerns about the form of players like Raul Jimenez, who was silent for most of the 90 minutes. At the same time, there were impressive performances at the back as Fulham get ready to face London rivals like Chelsea and Tottenham in the next month.

Fulham player ratings

Bernd Leno 7/10 – Hit new high of three clean sheets

Antonee Robinson 7/10 – Offered little threat in the final third but was able to keep everything solid at the back

Tim Ream 7/10 – Crucial tackles to save the clean sheet for Fulham

Issa Diop 7/10 – Excellent aerial performance with plenty of headers won

Timothy Castagne 7/10 – Was able to ride up and down the right flank for Fulham

Harrison Reed 6/10 – Mediocre performance in the middle of the park with not much offensive threat

Joao Palhinha 7/10 – Picked up an early booking but was solid throughout the game

Andreas Pereira 6/10 – Decent impact before being subbed

De Cordova-Reid 6/10 – Failed to make too many opportunities

Willian 6/10 – Decent performance especially the first half

Raul Jimenez 6/10 – Failed to offer much threat

Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno
Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno applauds the fans after the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London – Photo by Icon sport


Alex Iwobi 6/10 – Failed to make a big difference

Harry Wilson 6/10 – Did not offer much improvement in the final third

Carlos Vinicius 6/10 – Mediocre replacement for Raul Jimenez

The Final Word

There has been very little to separate Crystal Palace and Fulham on the league table. It was a similar story at Selhurst Park, as the two teams played out a goalless draw.

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