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Pardew: Wilf Was Outstanding

9 August 2015

Alan Pardew finished day one of the season a happy man with all three points in the bag as he made the return journey to London but earlier in the day he was not quite so sure the game was going to plan.  

"After about five minutes I realised I'd picked the wrong team. I didn't think the balance of the team was very good. Norwich were brilliant in the first 20 minutes, should've gone ahead, we were lucky to stay in the game at that point. We scored with the last kick of the game, there's no doubt that flattered us. Sometimes, as a manager, your players have to get you out of jail as well. I thanked them at the end for that."

After substitute Nathan Redmond got the home side back in the game there was a major talking point as Cameron Jerome had a goal disallowed due to dangerous play. Alan Pardew could see how Norwich left the field disappointed with that decision. “To be fair to the referee, if that is anywhere else on the pitch, then you are going to get a foul - in the penalty box, with an overhead kick going in you are going to feel hard done by, so I can understand Norwich’s frustration.”

The first home game of the season is against Arsenal next week and the manager spoke about the need to work on certain areas of his sides game before that London derby.

"Our fitness, our workrate, our ability to control the ball - every aspect of the game was below our level but it was the first game of the season and sometimes it is like that."

He was able though to pick out certain areas that did please him from the afternoon's work in Norfolk. 

"Wilf had some great moments in the game - he was outstanding. Him and Punch gave us that edge. We showed a normal Crystal Palace resilience. We had that bit of quality here and there and it shoved us across the line."

His full post match interview plus more reaction to the game can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

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