Palace player ratings: Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace 
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Crystal Palace climbed to fifth in the Premier League after a 1-2 away win against a struggling Fulham side at Craven Cottage.

Jairo Riedewald opened the scoring early on, before Wilfried Zaha doubled the lead for the Eagles with just under half-an-hour to go.

Tom Cairney pulled one back for Fulham deep into stoppage time, however, it wasn't enough to spur on a comeback as Fulham's wait for a win in the league continues.

Palace VAVEL takes a look at the Eagles' player ratings after a well deserved victory in West London.

  • Vicente Guaita - 7

Guaita was relatively quiet for the majority of the first half, nevertheless, he was fortunate not to see Ademola Lookman's effort fly into the back of the net, after his strike bounced back off the post and almost fell to Aleksandar Mitrovic, who had the goal at his mercy. Scott Dann's last-ditch tackle prevented an inevitable goal for the Serbian striker.

The Spaniard could do nothing about Cairney's injury-time strike but he will be frustrated that he couldn't keep a clean sheet.

  • Nathaniel Clyne - 7

A tough game for the debutant who hasn't played in Palace colours since he moved to Southampton back in 2012.

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He had to deal with Lookman and Antonee Robinson attacking his flank but he stayed competitive throughout. A solid display from the former England international.

  • Cheikhou Kouyate - 8

Looked to be in for a busy afternoon after the first few minutes but his stellar performance at the back showed that he was comfortable throughout.

The Senegalese international even shifted into the midfield near the end of the match. His versatility is remarkable to see and he proves to be a vital asset to the team.

  • Scott Dann - 8

His partnership with Kouyate flourished and he was comfortable dealing with Mitrovic, who is a physical challenge for any defender in the league.

He made a crucial intervention to deny Mitrovic a goal and he organised the defence well, making sure that no Palace player was leaving their man unmarked.

  • Tyrick Mitchell - 7

The youngster worked well with Dann, following his advice and paying attention to his player.

He did give away a few cheap free-kicks but he continued to provide an attacking threat, as well as helping out the defence on his side.

  • Andros Townsend - 7

Townsend put in a few dangerous crosses to trouble the Fulham defence in the first-half, including one that Zaha should've done better with.

His work rate is outstanding and he proves to be a defensive asset when Palace are trying to close down the ball and regain possession. Townsend also made a great pass to Michy Batshuayi which led to Palace's second goal.

  • Luka Milivojevic - 7

The Serbian was the definition of ice-cool in the opening 45 minutes of the game.

He did the simple things right and was solid in the middle of the park, preventing danger whenever he was needed.

  • Jairo Riedewald - 8

A great start to the game for the Dutchman as he grabbed his first goal of the season after latching onto a pass and finishing cooly past the keeper.

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Another strong performance in midfield and he was composed in possession whenever Fulham tried to close him down. Needs to start more games for Palace.

  • Jeffrey Schlupp - 7

Offers a lot more going forward than he does in defence and he showed that today with his bursting runs towards the Fulham defence.

Had an opportunity to score a goal, in a similar way he did the last time Palace played Fulham at Craven Cottage, but his header didn't have enough power on it.

  • Wilfried Zaha - 9

Played an amazing pass to Riedewald for the first goal after he saw his own shot saved moments earlier.

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Took his goal well for the second and provided a constant threat for Palace all afternoon. A goal and an assist for Palace's superstar. An incredible start to the season for the Ivorian, who looks unstoppable at the moment.

  • Michy Batshuayi - 7

Looked more threatening against Fulham than he did last week. He saw a goal ruled out for offside and continues to come closer to opening his account for the season.

A lot of bad luck for the Belgian internationalbut he stretched Fulham's defence and showed Roy Hodgson what he can offer for the rest of the 2020/21 season.

  • Substitutes

Patrick Van Aanholt - 6

Returned to the pitch following a lengthy injury and he looked decent in a small showing.

Eberechi Eze - 6

A good cameo for the promising young midfielder and showed glimpses of his talent yet again.

Mamadou Sakho - 4

Came on late in the game as Riedewald struggled. Didn’t have much to do in the little time that he was on.

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