Alan Pardew revealed that he felt his Palace’s side’s slow start to the game cost them dear as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United.
Manuel Lanzini grabbed the only goal after just 18 minutes during a period of dominance for the visitors, and despite seeing a penalty missed and the Hammers being reduced to 10 men, the Eagles boss felt that the laboured beginning from his player was the turning point.
In his post-match press conference, he talked about a number of topics, including:
The poor start: “It’s a derby game and I expected a little bit more aggression on the pitch and a bit more brightness than we showed in the first 20 minutes, and it was a crucial period in the game. West Ham have been on a difficult run so we decided that we needed to have a fast start and we gave them a gee-up. When they got the goal it was difficult.”
Benteke’s penalty miss: “It was a crucial moment, and if I’m honest I’m expecting him to score after the week he’s had. He puts the goalie on the floor and does everything right except the most important thing, hitting the target. Having said that in the second half we played some decent stuff and there’s been a lot of criticism for West Ham’s defending this season but they did very well today,. There were some outstanding deliveries going in and they defended them very well.”
West Ham’s tactics: “The biggest feature of West Ham was Aaron Cresswell being fit, and having a natural left footer down that side was a problem. He created the goal and gave them balance which they haven’t had. Forget about shapes and systems; we missed the boat in that first 20 minutes and it was difficult from there.”
The red card: “I thought it was harsh. When you have 10 men and you’re defending a lead it makes life a little bit easier as you can pack the box and they did quite well in that period.”