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Pardew Praises Palace Despite Defeat

14 December 2016

After seeing his Palace side go toe-to-toe with Manchester United at Selhurst Park, Alan Pardew praised his team despite their 2-1 defeat.

A late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal snatched the win for the Red Devils, and Pardew admitted afterwards in his post-match press conference that he felt sorry for his men in red and blue who put in an extraordinary shift to nearly grab a deserve point.

Speaking after the game to the gathered press, he discussed:

The game: "I have to look at my team and say that we were committed tonight. We tried to make it very difficult for Man United but offensively I thought we could have done a little bit better in the first half, but we certainly deserved to come in at 0-0. The decision [for the first goal] was a tough one for us, and there were a couple of bad ones in that half against us. 

"In the second half we had a good little spell and got a great goal but it was a shame we couldn't kick on from there, and at the end we were undone by two of the best players. I feel for my team because they've given everything tonight."

Marcus Rojo's challenge: "From the sideline it did look bad, and looking back on it he jumps up and it could be a red card. I don't want to hinge on that really because for large periods of the game Man United were good, and we were very resilient which was good to see."

Backline performance: "Defensively we were much better as a team. We were very organised, committed and aggressive on the pitch which is needed when you play Man United, but we deserve a break and we're not getting one. We have to keep working hard and they'll come."

The officiating: "I thought the first goal was a call the linesman should have seen - I thought it was offside even from where I was standing. There were plenty of fouls in the game and I felt he could have let it flow a bit more.

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