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Pardew Reveals Relief For Fans

3 December 2016

Alan Pardew has revealed his relief for the Crystal Palace fans as he was able to end an eight-game search for a win by beating Southampton 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

A brace from Christian Benteke and another goal from James Tomkins secured a fine win for the Eagles and sent the majority of fans inside the ground home happy, with Pardew's side also managing to keep their first clean sheet of the campaign with a resolute backline performance.

In his post-match press conference, the Eagles manager had his say on a number of topics, including: 

Post-match emotions: "I'm relieved for our fans because they really needed that win today to stay with us - that was important. The satisfaction today was for our players who delivered under pressure. What I delivered in the week I feel I'm experienced enough to do that, but they still had to deliver today and they did that.

"We had a training session on Thursday which was the complete opposite of today and sometimes you need that as there was a lot of frustration and we kept giving the ball away. The fans really helped us today and created a good atmosphere for us to play under, and after six defeats I don't think you would get that in many other stadiums. We still had to deliver and we managed to get the group psychologically in a good place but you still needs goals and they came at the right times for us today."

Defensive display: "We talked all week about getting the balance of the side right, and defensively we had to be sound, that was the most important box to tick today and we did that. We looked sound all game and at set-plays we were calm and did the job, but also showed a nice balance with our attacking threat. We got gifted the first goal but it was the work we had done with Christian trying to pressurise Fraser [Forster] on any backpass and that was a nice start for us."

Bouncing back from Swansea: "The team didn't want more defensive work, they needed more defensive work. They longed for it and wanted a clean sheet and I wasn't going to let them down and work on attacking play or possession; I gave them what they wanted. The whole team - from our most expensive player to our youngest - were focused on getting this result today as we were hurt from the Swansea game, and I think you saw that today."

Pressure on him: "As a manager at any level in the modern era you have to expect it at some stage so I just have to do my job as best I can, and I try to do that every week. In those six defeats, the way we've played didn't deserve what we got from those games. We did a lot right in them but we made some mistakes and we tried to rectify that which we did."

Star players: "There were some great performances such as Christian and Jason Puncheon but Delaney was terrific. He is a leader and an example to any footballer to get the maximum out of your career. He's not blessed with a massive amount of talent but he makes up for it in his personality, his character and his desire. We got all of that off him today and the back four was better for him being in it."

Moving forward: "Next week at Hull is even more important than today. We cannot afford to lose that game, we must go up there and get something."

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