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Pardew: Fantastic Performance

28 February 2015

Alan Pardew felt his side were in total control of the game up until the time that they were reduced in numbers but great discipline was shown to get maximum points from the derby at West Ham. 

"Looking back over that game up until the sending off you would have to say we were in total control and could have probably seen the game out comfortably but this is Crystal Palace and we don't like doing it the easy way. It was an uncomfortable time when we were down to 10 men and when the sending off happened I looked at the clock and thought there was a long time still to go in the game. We did have one or two in terms of their fitness that were bit pushed today but credit to the lads they saw it out and even with a couple of scary moments came away with nothing more than we deserved."

Glenn Murray was given a Premier League start in one of a number of changes made from the starting eleven from the match against Arsenal last week and certainly took his chance in an action packed afternoon for the striker. 

"It was a mixed one for him, firstly he showed the qualities of a centre forward in terms of his movement and could have had a hat-trick in the first half with our chances all falling to him. He gets into good positions, a great header from the corner even though we get bit of fortune from that and his third goal was typical of him, knowing where to be and he just dispatched it as he does.

"The sending off was a little bit unlucky because I was just about to replace him with Shola Ameobi at that stage but even though we knew he was on a knife-edge the ball goes into the box and he instinctively goes for it.

"A mixed afternoon for Glenn but I am absolutely delighted with him, it was an unlucky sending off but he was there like a good striker to get the goals for the side.

"We did warn him at half time and the referee, Mike Dean, spoke to me just before the start of the second half and I said we had words with him and I was aware of the situation and was only going to give him a certain amount of time but unfortunately I was just a bit late making the change."

Alan didn't want that dismissal to take away from an important victory and a fifth away win on the spin since he took over as manager. 

"The sending off shouldn't take away from a fantastic performance from my team, we were resilient, we attacked with purpose, we broke quickly and had some other great opportunities to score apart from the three that we did get. 

"We have shown some real good discipline on the road with our games of late and this one comes on the back of a good week on the training ground which was reflected in our performance. I felt early on today we had a really sticky patch in the first half where we made a lot of mistakes and in trying to encourage them to pass the ball around we made errors but we were a lot better second half and although we got three set-play goals today we also had lots of dangerous balls going across the front of goal and it was good to see that. I keep saying to this team they’re better than they think they are.”


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