The away side wore their illustrious white third strip for the final match of the campaign, having failed to win a single game whilst sporting it.
Emi Martínez: 6/10
A day in which the Aston Villa goalkeeper was called up for his national team of Argentina ahead of the Copa America was overshadowed following his difficult display conceding three goals. In an uncharacteristic display, the goalkeeper’s distribution lacked conviction with just a 62% pass completion rate. Despite this, the Argentinian made five saves, which kept the away side in the contest at the time with two of those being impressive reflex saves from short distance.
Ahmed Elmohamady: 6/10
The Egyptian was victim of an opposition overlap at times with Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze clearly instructed by manager Roy Hodgson to focus play down the left-hand side. Could this be due to the impressive form of other full-back Matt Targett or due to the lack of match sharpness from the right-back due to him being understudy to the injured Matty Cash? Two of the opposition goals came down the Egyptian’s side and with his contract set to expire in the summer and the return of Frederic Guilbert (currently on loan at French side Strasbourg), could Elmohamady face a race against time to convince Dean Smith to extend his deal?
Ezri Konsa: 6/10
With the young England international without the usual pairing of leader Tyrone Mings, it was evident that Mings’ presence was missed as it was an abnormal error from the center-back; allowing dangerous threat, Wilfried Zaha, to turn on to his favored right foot within close proximity of the goal and subsequently level up the scoring for the second time in the game. However, the center-back stepped up and took responsibility, winning 97% of his ground and aerial duels, blocking four shots, and clearing the danger seven times; relieving pressure on the away sides goal.
Kortney Hause: 6/10
In his first appearance for the club since December of last year, the strong, physical center-back would find himself thrown into the fray against one of the biggest aerial threats in the league with Christian Benteke, who was coming in to the contest on red hot form. That red hot form got even hotter as he mirrored his days playing in claret and blue as he rapidly lost Hause and rose highest to snatch his sides first goal of the game; handing them momentum moving forward.
Matt Targett: 6/10
The full-back played the role of bystander for an overwhelming majority of the game as the opposition recognized his strengths and capabilities by focusing play down the opposite side and limiting the left-back to a minimal number of touches on the ball.
Douglas Luiz: 6/10
The young Brazilian endured a quiet game with just one tackle, one clearance, and two blocked shots all whilst failing to hold on to possession on five occasions. His sixty-two touches of the ball failed to gain momentum for his side with the opposition taking control of the midfield and dominating him throughout the course of the game; pinning Luiz back an added twenty yards from where he is most effective.
John McGinn: 7/10
With the absence of captain, Jack Grealish, and vice-captain, Tyrone Mings, the Scotsman shouldered the responsibility of captaining the club for the first time. The stand in captain built on his impressive midweek performance by handing his side the lead with a well struck effort into the bottom corner from range. Often in that position, midfielders will look to find the corner, but McGinn struck the ball with the right amount of precision, power ,and placement to deny Crystal Palace debutante, Jack Butland, of getting a hand to it.
Jacob Ramsey: 5/10
It was a disappointing afternoon from the academy graduate. The youngster failed to keep hold of possession and often looked overwhelmed when in attacking transition. After this, the youngster saw himself first to be withdrawn from action on the hour mark.
Anwar El Ghazi: 7/10
In a week that saw the Dutch international called up for his national team ahead of the Euros, he continued his forward momentum by adding to his goal scoring tally and giving his side the lead for the second time of the afternoon. With the confidence of recent weeks coursing through his veins, it was evident that the left midfielder was keen to score more, having a total of eight shots with only three hitting the target.
Bertrand Traoré: 6/10
The Burkina Faso international endured an uneventful afternoon on away soil. Unable to make on sufficient impact on proceedings and left his teammates forced to transition play down the opposite flank to where the wide midfielder was situated. Inefficient with his passing, Traore left the away side vulnerable even when in possession and holds responsibility for allowing the opposition to overlap on full-back, Elmohamady, by not providing necessary cover.
Ollie Watkins: 7/10
In his immediate return to the starting eleven, it was evident how much his side lacked forward momentum in his absence; failing to find the net without him. Constant pressing from the off put a naive Palace defense under immense pressure and forced them into silly mistakes. The front man also provided a clever assist for the second goal after noticing El Ghazi was in space and deftly guided his header into his path to put their team in front.