Alan Pardew admitted that he has a good feeling that Fraizer Campbell would score against Hull City, and his premonition proved correct as the striker grabbed Palace a point on Humberside.
The former Tiger nabbed the sixth goal of the 3-3 draw to come back to haunt his old side, and Pardew said his displays in training prompted his appearance from the bench.
In his post-match press conference, the Eagles boss talked about a number of topics from the game, including:
Campbell: “I said to my staff before the game that I fancied Fraizer to score today but I just wish it wasn’t in those circumstances - I’d have preferred it to be the winning goal. When he came to Hull as a young player some people questioned his mentality and work-rate, but he must have adjusted that because since I’ve been at this football club he’s been a model pro, and his performances in training got him on that pitch today. Under me, he hasn’t had much of an opportunity and maybe he will get a few more.”
Defensive reshuffle: “We were a little bit unlucky before the game as two minutes before the end of our last session we lost Tomkins and I had to throw Martin into that situation, having not worked with that all week. I felt sorry for him today but he did a good job for us.”
The game: “It was a pretty even contest until the first penalty and from then on it was a more open game, a little more open than I would have liked. We matched up their formation, and when we take a 2-1 lead we should see the game out after our performance at Southampton. Defensively we should have done the job, and we needed Fraizer to get us a point.”
Wilfried Zaha: “Wilf was phenomenal today – his goal was a contender for Goal of the Season but his whole performance was so good he could be up for Performance of the Season. He should have been on a winning team.”
The result: “It is a very important point – in the whole context of the game I thought Hull were definitely up from the Middlesbrough performance and so we’re happy to take a point from a game where we had some tough decisions go against us.”
Snodgrass penalty incident: “I said to the referee at half-time I would defend him in the press room because Scott Dann goes to ground, pulls out and doesn’t make any contact with the player. It was very difficult at match speed to call that right, and he got it wrong, but Snodgrass really needs to have a look at himself and when he watches it back tonight he’ll be embarrassed.”
Goals conceded: “The goals were too easy and we really have to cut it out – there were a few errors in there that I wouldn’t normally see. Against Southampton we gave as good a defensive display as you have ever seen so we aren’t far away, we just got it wrong a little bit today.”