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Allardyce Discusses Burnley Defeat

29 April 2017

Sam Allardyce was left frustrated that his Palace side couldn’t break through a resolute Burnley defence as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.

The game was bookended by goals from Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray that gave the Clarets their first win away from home this season, but the Eagles boss was disappointed that some fine defending from the visitors kept Palace at bay throughout the 90 minutes.

In his post-match press conference, the Palace boss talked about a number of topics, including:

The display: “We were bad in the first half but we weren’t in the second because we were camped in the Burnley half for all of it until we gave a very silly second goal away, but we couldn’t find a way through. You have to give them plenty of credit for defending like we have recently at Chelsea and Liverpool. It was very difficult when they got a goal in front and they could go deep into their penalty area and put lots of bodies in there, and it’s hard to break that down. Teams who are better than us have found that out, but the disappointing thing for me was the two goals we gave away and how easily we allowed them to score.

“In the first half we weren’t at it at all and we were nervous because we lost that first goal. We played better in the second half, but instead of seeing it right until the end and possibly coming away with a point, we gave a silly goal away which is sad for us.”

Decisions going against Palace: “The turning point was when Wilf went through and he’s onside, not just a few inches but a yard, and the assistant referee put his flag up before the goalkeeper upended Wilf and then they’re down to 10 men, but I can’t control that. 

“We could have had a penalty with Wilf in the box but I’m not sure if the referee would give anything today, he wouldn’t have given that outside the box, let alone inside. Flanagan took Wilf’s heel from behind and didn’t make any contact with the ball, so for me it’s 100% a penalty.”

Three games in a week: “We’ve had a big week and we’ve got three points so it’s not a bad total on the basis of who we’ve played – Liverpool away, Tottenham at home and Burnley. We could have lost all three so it’s a positive week in the three points that we’ve taken. 

“We took three points off Liverpool which no-one expected, and gave everything against Tottenham but ran out of legs but we couldn’t get there today. I can’t give any of the players any stick for what they’ve achieved recently, they had a difficult day today and we just have to recover and pick up some more points over the next three games.”

Team selection: “It was difficult to rest players because of the injuries we had today, so we freshened things up and put a couple of subs up front in Fraizer Campbell and Loic Remy and they gave everything they’ve got. Burnley had a free week to come and play against us and were fresher than we are.”

38 points enough to survive?: Mathematically it’s not enough but recently it has been and we just have to hope that I’m right. Manchester City is going to be difficult because of our injury list, but we’ll have time to recover and the players will try and do what they did at Liverpool and defend as well as we have been, and see if we can frustrate them. We can’t afford to make the same sort of mistakes that we made today, so we’ll give it our best shot. 

“Then we’ll have a nervous day against Hull City probably, but who knows the results between now and then could give us a bit of relief, such as if Manchester United beat Swansea tomorrow.”

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