Sam Allardyce feels that the point gained from Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City could prove to be hugely valuable in the season’s final shake-up.
The Eagles came from two goals behind to salvage a draw against the Foxes, thanks to goals from Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke, and take them seven points clear of the relegation zone with six games left to play.
In his post-match press conference, the Palace boss talked about:
The value of the draw: “It’s a great point for us, I think when you’re 2-0 down in a game and you finish with a point, home or away, you have to be satisfied with that. It might be very precious moving forward and it keeps our run going. Having won five, drawn one and lost one in our last seven shows just how good we are as a team at the moment, and physically and mentally we were very strong and we needed that mental strength today.
“We tried our very best to win it, we didn’t sit back and we went for it. Leicester are in just as good form as we are and that made for a fantastic game in the end. I’m very disappointed we went 2-0 down but glad we got it back to 2-2.”
Huth’s goal: “We practiced defending it on the pitch here yesterday and unfortunately the players forgot! It’s that’s simple - we looked at it at half-time and they weren’t where we put them sadly and Huth ran in, got a free header and scored. When you talk about the basics, this is what I’m talking about and why I bombard the players with getting them right. We’ve rarely made those type of mistakes recently and what we’ve done today, we’ve recovered from it and got a point.”
Positives: “I’m really pleased with Christian at the moment, his game is coming on and on with the goals he’s getting and he’s also creating for us. Yohan Cabaye is getting in the box and scoring so we’re a threat and we can score goals.”
Recent improvements: “Since the transfer window shut we’ve been building the mentality and the resilience of the players, and psychologically they’re in a much better place than when I arrived. Psychology is the biggest thing to affect a player on the pitch and his brain has to be functioning in a correct manner to allow his ability and skills to flourish, so the mental side has increased and allowed the players to get better.
Our fitness has increased with it and our quality is shining through.”
Andros Townsend: “Andros has turned himself into a top player again, and he does that by the consistent amount of work he does in and out of possession, and his cross for the second goal proved that. He can go both ways inside or out which makes life very difficult for a full-back, and I’m pleased he’s back to his best form. I think our front line has lots of ability and all played very well.”
Upcoming games: “We’ve got a massive few weeks ahead of us – Liverpool next Sunday and then Tottenham and Burnley, and hopefully at the end of that we’ll pick some more point up.”