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Pardew: Luck Was Against Us

11 May 2015

Alan Pardew has said that he feels the Eagles deserved something from Saturday's game with Manchester United, which saw them fall to a 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park.

The Red Devils took all three points from Pardew's men, through a harsh penalty decision and a second goal against the run of play, following a spell of intense pressure from the home side with the scores at 1-1. Pardew highlighted a sensational save from United's David De Gea to deny Glenn Murray from close range, which would have given the Eagles the lead, as a key moment in the tie.

"It's disappointing that we've not got anything out of this game," he said after the match. 

"We've played Chelsea and Man United, two top teams, and we really haven't had a break. The first goal is more than debatable and the referee can't be sure at that angle, so that's a really tough call and the players' reaction said it all really.

"Having said that, they played well in the first half, Man United. We had trouble with their rotation, but in the second half we sorted that out and changed our shape, that worked for us and we got the equaliser, perhaps should have taken the lead but for a fantastic save from their goalkeeper to deny Glenn. Unfortunately we got that cross all wrong (for their second goal) and we've ended up losing, it wasn't really what we deserved, I thought."

Alan Pardew's full post-match interview and press conference is available now, for free, at

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