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Pardew Disappointed In Defeat

26 November 2016

Palace fell to defeat in a nine-goal thriller at Swansea City, leaving Alan Pardew disappointed in the Eagles' defending from set pieces and inability to hold out for a win.

Below are the manager's answers from his post-match press conference:

Thoughts on the game: "It was an astonishing game really, in many aspects. I thought we were in good control of the game, got a good goal and the referee gifted them a free kick - I thought – and momentum swung in their favour. That was a difficult period for us. I thought we defended reasonably well in that period and then Connor got the injury. I’m not quite sure what the scoreline was when Connor got the injury. it affected us because it was a bad injury, we all knew that. The goals were just crazy, that last 20 minutes was as crazy as I’ve ever seen, and if we can’t defend at 4-3 with 6 minutes on the clock or whatever it was then I’m afraid that’s not good enough."

Identifying problems: We just can’t seem to defend set plays. That was four today. All of them I think we should do a whole lot better than we do and I’m going to have to look at that and possibly make changes.

On dealing with Sigurdsson: The one that comes out to him on the edge [of the box], you kind of know he’s going to get a clean contact on it. Anybody else I don’t think scores from there. I’m just so disappointed. My players have given everything in terms of effort and commitment. Seriously we cannot concede goals like that at this level. That’s something we’re going to have to address quickly.

On building pressure: That comes with the territory. The goals that we’ve conceded today don’t reflect well on us. For me personally, I’ll do what I always do – reflect on this game and correct it for the next one. Six defeats and a couple of those defeats we shouldn’t have had – Burnley and this one. This mess that we find ourselves in, we need to get out of it.

On turning things around: I think the group understand that we have some options that we can change the team around. We need to get a victory quickly, we almost had it today. I don’t know how many minutes we were away from a victory, but we’ve got to see it out. Perhaps a break here and there wouldn’t go a miss, but having said that, today I can’t really defend my defenders because they needed to stand up and be better than that.

On the board's support: That’s not my decision. My decision is always the same. When you’re a football manager you’ve got to try to address the problems and deal with it. I’m certainly strong enough and have been here before, so I know how it works. In terms of myself and my team I think I’ve got a good team, I’m going to get them motivated for Monday, working towards Southampton.

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