Palace, Wolves stumble after virus robs them of mainstays – football

Wilfried Zaha had appeared in every of Crystal Palace’s final 59 video games within the English Premier League stretching again to February 2019. Conor Coady hadn’t missed a minute of Wolverhampton’s 84 league video games since its promotion again to the highest division in 2018. The two mainstays have been unavailable whereas they remoted through the coronavirus pandemic and that took its toll on their groups on Monday.

Palace was toothless in assault with out Zaha, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 forward of the sport, and slumped to a 1-0 loss to a Burnley aspect that hadn’t beforehand gained within the league. Chris Wood scored within the eighth minute.

Coady was lacking for Wolves, having needed to practice in isolation after discovering he inadvertently got here into contact with anyone who examined optimistic for the virus. With fellow middle again Romain Saiss additionally out after contracting the virus, Wolves switched to a 4-man protection for the primary time since May 2017 — earlier than the arrival of present coach Nuno Espirito Santo — and was uncomfortable till a late rally earned a 1-1 draw at residence to Southampton.

Southampton led by means of a faucet-in from Theo Walcott, who scored his first objective since returning for a second spell on the south-coast membership the place he began his skilled profession.

Pedro Neto got here off the bench to rescue some extent for Wolves within the seventy fifth.

That equalizer stopped Southampton climbing to 3rd place after 9 video games. Wolves and Palace are in midtable, whereas Burnley’s first win of the season lifted Sean Dyche’s crew out of the underside three.


Walcott’s objective means he he has scored at the least as soon as in 14 straight Premier Leagues.

“I’m only 31 but I feel like a kid again,” mentioned the ahead, whose profession has been rejuvenated since he moved again to Southampton in a mortgage swap from Everton, the place he was out of the image. “I’m fit, I love the Premier League.”

The former England winger missed a one-on-one probability at 1-0, taking pictures huge of the submit when clear by means of, and that price Southampton when Raul Jimenez’s effort got here again off the submit to permit Neto to comb residence the rebound.

“For everyone, it was a tough game, tactically so demanding,” Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl mentioned. “It was like chess. They played 4-3-3, we didn’t expect that, but we found the answers.”


Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche acknowledged he felt nervous within the closing minutes as his crew noticed out the win towards Palace to lastly launch its season.

“It gets a bit nervy because we hadn’t found that first win,” Dyche mentioned, “so to get that one done will do us the world of good.”

It wanted an excellent sprawling save from Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope off substitute Christian Benteke in stoppage time to protect the lead.

Wood’s objective got here when he latched onto a neat flick by strike associate Jay Rodriguez and sidefooted powerfully previous goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from a central place.

Palace has misplaced 20 of its 28 Premier League video games with out Zaha since he returned to the membership in 2014-15.

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