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Pardew: We Should Have Done A Lot Better

20 September 2015

Alan Pardew was disappointed with the way his side conceded the winning goal, coming soon after the visitors had been denied a chance to take the lead at the other end due to an excellent save.  

"The game hinged on those three minutes. Lloris' save was unbelievable, and then three minutes later the goal at the other end which we should stop, and our goalkeeper should stop it. He's unlucky because he hits it hard, but I think he would still want to save that and I'd want him to save it."

Alan had spoken pre-match about how much of a difficult place Spurs is to come to but the Palace side had opportunities to break the deadlock, being denied by the woodwork twice. 

"We came here knowing the task ahead of us, they play well but we still should have got something. If we're going to become a mid-table team, that isn't acceptable to me and it isn't acceptable to my players. The margins were not in our favour for the whole of the game. We should have done a lot better today.

"I don't want to be in the mid-table, I told the players after the game it's not for me. I'm an experienced manager, I know a good side when I see one and this is a good side. Therefore we need to tighten up in certain areas, be stronger in the mind and we can achieve a great season. That, for us, would be a top-10 finish, maybe higher than that, and a cup competition. They should be our goals, particularly after these first six games and the way we've gone about the opposition in the victories and defeats."

Looking at the opening six games the boss can look back on three victories but he does believe the club could have had more points on the board. 

"We've won three, we've lost three in our first six. If you look at the fixtures I don't think that's a bad return. Having said that it could have been so much better. Therefore, we must lean on that part of it and with a little bit of improvement we could find ourselves competing at the top of the division."

Wilfried Zaha was withdrawn from the action at half time and when asked about that decision post-match the manager stressed that there are certain parts of the winger's game that the youngster needs to concentrate on. 

"The issue with Wilf is that he's a fabulous footballer. I'm trying to get him to understand that every moment in every game is very important. It's about concentration, about having that same desire to defend and attack, movement and everything that a top player produces. Unfortunately today I didn't think he did that. He had 45 minutes to show me he was up to speed on those areas and he wasn't. He needs to take away a lesson. He's perhaps unlucky to be taken off because there were one or two others that were probably just below the level, but he was probably worst of the pack."

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