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Pardew Praises Unlucky Eagles

3 March 2015

Palace boss Alan Pardew was disappointed to see his unbeaten record as Eagles manager away from home come to an end against Southampton as he felt his side's second half performance was worthy of a decent result.

Pardew had won all five of his previous games with Palace on the road since taking over at the start of the year but Saido Mane's 84th minute goal saw his side leave Hampshire empty-handed, which he is adamant wasn't a fair reflection on the encounter.

He said: “I think they were a bit lucky to win that and I think they know that, especially in the second half when we played our normal game. We were much more of a threat on the break and started causing them problems, and should have scored.

“We had one or two opportunities and I felt we should have had a penalty when Jose Fonte was over-aggressive in the box on Yannick and I think that was a pen, we should have been given that.

“It was a really soft goal which is perhaps what they needed, and they may have deserved it from their recent games but they didn't deserve it against us.”

An entertaining second half was preceded by a lacklustre opening with Palace struggling to impose themselves on their opponents, but Pardew was delighted with the response his players showed after some half-time tinkering that almost saw them pick up another fine result on their travels, especially with a number of key players missing through injury or suspension.

“I just felt that we struggled as an attacking unit,” he added. “I didn't think our strikers got much protection from their aggressive centre-halves but we changed it around and it worked a little better, and in the second half we were dominant and we were creating chances when Southampton weren't, so it was a shame to lose.

“In the second half we looked a decent side and in the first half not so. We're disappointed we lost but we've had some great performances recently, and if we keep that going then we'll be fine.

“Perhaps a few more options on the bench might have helped, Shola is not quite up to speed yet and we had a couple of young boys on there today so we didn't really have the offensive options that you would like but we'll be in better shape for the next game.”

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