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Pardew: A Huge Win

7 February 2015


Alan Pardew spoke after Saturday’s victory over Leicester of his team producing a good away display and how they deserved to take maximum points back down the M1. 


"We should have seen the game out more comfortably. Leicester City have good players, their wide men certainly caused us problems but we made some changes and got the result.


"Nigel Pearson will be disappointed not to get something but it was a good away performance from us and one that I would describe as a huge win.”


Alan made a couple of changes at the break, one of them enforced as Scott Dann had to leave the game after a clash of heads.  These changes led to the game moving in Palace’s favour.


“Scott Dann has a large golf-ball-sized lump on his head from a clash with Morgan. He wasn't quite right at half time. I don't think he was concussed, but he felt a little bit uncomfortable.


"That actually turned out to be significant for us because Brede Hangeland came on and I thought he was our best player.


"He was calm, great defensively, won everything and contributed to the goal, so kind of indirectly it worked for us."


“Yaya Sanogo at the top of the pitch caused a bit of havoc for us and gave us that edge after the break.


"I didn't think we had the balance right between attacking and defending today, particularly in the first half. We had to change that a bit and we were much better after the break.”


Attention now turns to the visit of his former club, Newcastle United, on Wednesday evening at Selhurst Park.


“It will be nice to see John Carver and the boys but this will be a competitive match and I am part of the opposition, which is something I am not used to after being there for four years. 


“I am looking forward to it though and hopefully will be a good game and one that we can get the right result from.”

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