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Pardew Disappointed With Narrow City Defeat

19 November 2016

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew rued the small margins that saw his side beaten 2-1 by Manchester City.

The Eagles fell to a fifth straight defeat after Yaya Toure scored twice to clinch a 2-1 win for Pep Guardiola's men, however Pardew's side showed plenty of effort and endeavor that he hopes will see them quickly turn things around.

In his post-match press conference, Pardew was asked a range of questions, including topics such as:

The game: "We really gifted Manchester City two goals today, from the mistakes that led to the first goal, and the second goal where our setup at a corner should have been better. On top of that, we've got players in decent form and I thought our midfield three were very good, and the two centre-halves. We had some good periods in the game so we're just disappointed that we didn't take something."

What needs to change to turn the form around: "The little tiny margins - it's not like teams are running away from us and we're looking uncomfortable or you could doubt our work rate - I thought today it was phenomenal. We're putting everything in and that's all you can do and hope that something breaks for you, and when it does you go on a little run. 

"The quality we have in the group is good and I'm comfortable that it's early in the season and we have a good distance to get this team in a good place, and we're not far from it. We have games coming up where we need to take some points, and the position in the league will put a bit extra pressure on us.".

Areas for improvement: "From the sideline it was a game in the balance and it could have gone our way today but it hasn't and we have to accept that, try and improve and that's all we can do. The goals we've conceded from set-plays is not us - we should be a top-three set-play team in both boxes, and we're probably in the bottom three. That's an area we must improve on."

Connor Wickham's introduction: "It was a tactical one because I felt they were struggling at centre-half today and we added a bit more power and presence through the middle. We were a bit more direct today which I think helped our back four a bit, but offensively we were a little subdued because they have some outstanding defenders who were their best players today. 

"I just feel for the group, the players and the fans - everyone around us. It doesn't look good when you look at the results, but the performance levels suggest we can turn it around, and hopefully quickly."

To watch the post-match reaction on Palace TV - interviews and the press conference just CLICK HERE.

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