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Pardew: An Amazing Game

17 January 2015

Alan Pardew watched his side win their third consecutive game since he took over as manager and was delighted at the way they came back after conceding two goals early in the match.  

“What a performance from us, it is unbelievable to come back like that in any Premier League match, particularly away from home. An amazing game, we showed our quality with our offensive players who helped to change the match and we were worth the victory. 

"I was disappointed in the first two goals, I could see from where I was standing that the ball wasn't in the quadrant for the corner that led to their first one but nevertheless we should have done better with it.

"The second goal was a foul and I think the referee and linesman were distracted by the fact was the ball in or out and didn't see the player just put our defender on the ground.

"Having said that we had to show tremendous qualities, not just fighting spirit and resilience - which I know is in the group, but flair and bravery to pass the ball which we did against a Burnley team who I thought were on their mettle."

The comeback was completed by the winner three minutes from time and it came from a second goal of the game by Dwight Gayle, someone who has impressed the new manager.

"He just seems a very uncomplicated player, he is very straightforward in his work; he is quick, good in the air, good attitude, all he needs is experience and to grow in his own confidence.”

The manager looks at another member of the team as someone who Dwight can look at as to how his game can move on.

"When I had Jason Puncheon at Southampton he wasn't the player he is today. Because he has played in the Premier League he has that inner confidence he can play at this level and that is what players like Dwight Gayle need to find.

“I thought Jason was the best player on the pitch today by a country mile, he had time to put his foot on the ball, got a great goal and set up the third.”

Debutant striker Yaya Sanogo had an opportunity to get on the scoresheet but overall Alan felt he did well for his first appearance in a Palace shirt. 

“He showed some real technical ability out there today, you need those good little touches to set play your way and he did that very well. I thought he should have scored when Wilf Zaha put a cross over late in the first half but other than that he put in a really good first performance for the club.” 

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