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Pardew Reflects On "A Tough Night"

2 February 2016

Alan Pardew has called Palace's 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth "a tough night" for the club, the fans and his staff, as the Eagles surrendered a first half lead to the Cherries.

"It was a tough night for us. It was a tough night for a fans, a tough night for us as a staff," he reflected.

"We had a good commitment to the game but we lacked a bit of composure and quality at times. They got breaks in the game. Their two goals were really the only chances they had and they went in - that's typical and tough to take. 

"Having said that, we had enough balls going across the box," he continued. "We need a striker to stick one in... Fraizer, Ade, Cham had chances tonight and we've got to get a striker to take one of those at some point, otherwise we're going to be under pressure."

Reflecting on Emmanuel Adebayor's debut performance, a 30 minute appearance off the bench, the manager was pleased with what he saw.

"I thought he looked okay, he looked the same level as the othe rplayers," he said. "He just needs to find his touch now."

The one real positive for the Eagles was Wilfried Zaha. The tricky winger ran tirelessly, causing Bournemouth problems for the full 90 minutes and providing the assist for Scott Dann's opening goal.

"He was terrific," said Pardew. "He created great moments for us, he got out of difficult situations, but we can't rely on Wilf."

You can watch the manager's full post-match video interview and press conference for free HERE.

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