With time running out and the score tied at 1-1, the midfielder was booked for his second yellow card, as noted by the Premier League account:
RED CARD Crystal Palace will end the game with 10 men after Jason Puncheon picks up a 2nd yellow for a late tackle on Nacho Monreal #ARSCRY— Premier League (@premierleague) August 16, 2014
Puncheon picked up his first yellow card in the 48th minute on a bad foul against Alexis Sanchez. As Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated points out, the second one was not a smart move:
That was pretty needlessly dumb by Puncheon. Obvious second yellow. Palace trying to hold on for a point.— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) August 16, 2014
Sport Witness was not happy about the player's attitude either:
Not only does Puncheon get himself sent off for being stupid, he smirks whilst leaving pitch.— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) August 16, 2014
Bleacher Report's Dan Levy could not resist the opportunity to joke about the situation:
Looks like Palace may go down Puncheon after that red.— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) August 16, 2014
Puns aside, Crystal Palace had a hard time marking Arsenal players at the start of extra time once they were down to 10 men. This eventually led to the game-winning goal by Aaron Ramsey after hitting a number of players on the attack, as the club's account described:
With a full lineup, the visiting team would have had a better chance to stay in the way and possibly clear the ball before it could go into the back of the net. As a result, the club will end the day with zero points and a negative goal differential instead of one point for a draw.
Considering how close the Premier League gets, every point matters, and this is a match the club might look back to later in the year.
Nurudeen Obalola believes the red card made the difference:
No way Palace would survive after that silly Puncheon red card. Arsenal haven't been fluent but they've earned their three points— Nurudeen Obalola (@NurudeenObalola) August 16, 2014
On the other hand, Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing noted the Arsenal win was not as impressive as it should have been:
Congrats Arsenal. You needed 90 minutes at home and a red card to beat a team that lost their manager 2 days ago.— Matt Yoder (@myoder84) August 16, 2014
Of course, Puncheon's performance on Saturday was not completely terrible. He did come through with the assist on the team's only goal, as explained by the Crystal Palace account:
35: It was Puncheon who swung in the corner and Hangeland got a terrific glancing header on it. #CPFC lead at the Emirates! 0-1— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) August 16, 2014
Still, the biggest moment of the match for the 28-year-old player was his red card. The team will now be without him for the next competition against West Ham United, and you can be certain he will be missed.
The club will have to play a cleaner game will everyone else stepping up in order to come away with three points the next time out.
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