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Allardyce Heaps Praise On Eagles Attack

10 April 2017

After seeing his side ease past Arsenal 3-0 to make it five wins from their last six games, Palace boss Sam Allardyce believes that his team are now flourishing in attack.

Superb goals from Andros Townsend and Yohan Cabaye were added to by a Luka Milivojevic penalty to secure a superb victory against the Gunners, and with his defence now much more solid in recent weeks, the Eagles boss has praised his attackers for taking advantage of that platform to help fire the Eagles away from the drop zone.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Allardyce spoke about a range of topics, including:

The gameplan: “That’s two great victories in such a short space of time which you don’t expect. It was a well-deserved one tonight – the whole emphasis on the players’ ability to shut Arsenal down and crowd them out of their fluent play was the key area to our success, and then to expose and exploit the space that Arsenal leave because of their attacking style of play.

“The quality of our final third play today and particularly Yohan Cabaye’s goal was outstanding, but the moves and the runs we made into the space Arsenal left were also a massive element to the success. 

“Arsenal didn’t have a shot on target in the second half and our defensive solidarity gives us the platform to win football matches. Our attacking players are enjoying themselves more than they ever have this season and are flourishing in possession and scoring goals, so we have everything right at the moment and we just have to keep it up for a little bit longer.”

Bouncing back: “It shows the character in the team because we had a knock-back losing at Southampton and people said we looked a little jaded for the amount of effort we put in at Chelsea. I’m not sure if that was the case or not but certainly tonight we were full of energy, fight, belief and talent so it’s been a great week for me and everyone at Crystal Palace.

“To do it here as well in front of these fans, they sing their hearts put for you so we’re very glad that we’ve won three home games on the trot because the home form was the problem when I came, but we’ve put that right now.”

Potential man of the match: “It’s a tough one because there were so many good performances – Andros, Wilfried and Yohan from an attacking point of view, but defending Mama Sakho rarely put a foot wrong and was calm and cool. When you see him chest one back to the keeper in the last minute shows he knows he can do that in that amount of time and not panic.”

The run-in: “If we can perform like that in any of the last seven games then we can beat teams whoever we play. That performance will give any team a game, whether that’s Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham or Leicester, Burnley or Hull City. If our performances are to that level then we’ll get safe and then we can start planning for the Premier League next year.”

Decision to have Milivojevic take the penalty: “It was done a couple of weeks ago based on what he can do with a free-kick, so I’m glad he’s stepped up and took it because we’ve been very suspect on a few of them this season, and he tucked it in the bottom corner brilliantly.”

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