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Pardew: Tremendous Credit To The Lads

17 April 2016

Alan Pardew's side took a point from the Emirates in the Super Sunday London derby and he felt Yannick Bolasie's goal will prove an important strike for the winger. 

"My team deserve tremendous credit because it is tough to play here, we had a game plan that meant we would make sure that they didn’t have a fast start and then build as the game went on and that is how it played out and then at the end we nearly won it with that great run from Wilf. We didn’t deserve that though but we had a good strategy to us today and the lads did well. 

"I was a bit disappointed to concede that goal just before half time, we hadn’t retained the ball well enough but we stayed in there and it was important that we didn’t allow them to get into fourth or fifth gear. We kept them in third gear and they came out in the second half and played much the same and we knew we could get better and that is exactly what happened. 

"It was big goal for Yannick, he looked affected today a little bit and if I am honest I was thinking of taking him off because we have a lot of offensive players but I decided not too and thought one moment might lift him and I think that certainly will. It was a great goal, which some say the goalkeeper should of got but he didn’t and I am so pleased for Yannick as that will give him a major boost for our remaining games."

Palace now are unbeaten in four matches and now head to Old Trafford on Wednesday night in a busy week but the manager has impressed on his side where he feels they can finish in 2015/16.

"What we should take from today is that we need to a little more exuberance in our game, we showed more at the end but we should have done that in the first half but its understandable as it is a tough place to come because they keep possession so well.

"We had some great moments on the break where we showed what we are capable of doing and now on 39 points with a good goal difference means two of the clubs below will need to get 40 points and they would snap my hands off for that total at the moment. We still have a number of games to play ourselves though, starting with Manchester United on Wednesday and we are in touching distance of mid-table where I think we belong but we need the results in the final weeks of the season to make sure that happens." 

CLICK HERE to watch the post-match interviews including Alan Pardew's press conference.  

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