James McArthur names one Chelsea star who ‘dictated’ game after Crystal Palace loss

James McArthur names one Chelsea star who ‘dictated’ game after Crystal Palace loss

James McArthur highlighted Jorginho as a key influence as Chelsea battled to overcome Crystal Palace in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.

After a cagey first-half in which Palace had the better chance – a Cheikou Kouyate volley that produced a brilliant reactionary save from Edouard Mendy – Thomas Tuchel’s side grew into the game.

Former Palace loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek opened the scoring with a deflected volley before Mason Mount sent Chelsea through to their third consecutive FA Cup final.

While Patrick Vieira deserves a huge amount of credit for a successful first season at Selhurst Park, his side failed to muster much of a challenge after the interval at Wembley, although the fact they were missing Conor Gallagher must be taken into account.

“I felt we were at it in the first-half,” McArthur told Palace TV.

“In the second-half they took control of the game and we found that difficult. We had a late flurry at the end of the game but we just couldn’t get back into it.

“We thought that the previous games, they hurt us a lot and those areas we tried to change. We nullified them, especially in the first-half. In the second-half, we didn’t get enough pressure on Jorginho especially and they dictated play.”

It is a quick-fire return to Premier League action for Palace, who travel to in-form Newcastle United on Wednesday, looking to cement their place in the top half.

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