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Allardyce Discusses Bolton Draw

7 January 2017

Sam Allardyce was left frustrated that his side lacked a cutting edge in front of goal as Palace and Bolton Wanderers couldn’t be separated in the FA Cup third round.

A goalless draw was played out at the Macron Stadium, meaning a replay will be required at Selhurst Park on week on Tuesday, with Palace coming closest when debutant Loic Remy struck the post in the first half.

In his post-match press conference, the Eagles boss rued his team’s fate in front of goal as well as discussing a number of other topics, including:

The game: “I was frustrated the way we played in the second half and a little disappointed that we didn’t finish the chances we created in the first half. I changed the team a huge amount and that can bring a little bit of disruption but being clinical in front of goal deserted us today. I want us to get better, I wouldn’t say I was satisfied with what I saw today.

“It was a really tough game and Bolton got better and better in the second half and we had to battle it out. We haven’t had a clean sheet in a long time and we’ve got that, and we’ll take them back to our place in 10 days and try and get through to the next round.”

Assessment of his players: “I’ve seen a lot of players for the first time today and that gives me an indication of what we need and what we don’t need when I speak to the chairman based on seeing a lot of players for the first time over 90 minutes.”

Loic Remy: “That was his first 45 minutes this season and he hasn’t played a single competitive game since he joined the club through injury so it’s a pre-season within the season for him where 45 minutes is more than enough. 

“He wants to play more like they all do when they’ve been injured for so long but we can’t afford for him to get injured again because we want to see his pace and his goalscoring ability up front, which we saw a couple of flashes of today which would excite us all as he gets match-fit. Hopefully he gets better and better the more match practice he gets in.”

Transfer market plans: “We shall have some money to spend but it’ll have to be more than a bit at this level now because the size of the prices of players are astronomical now, especially in this country. We need to pay what we need to pay if we can identify the right player that makes us better.”

Pros and cons of a replay: “I didn’t want to get beat today, that’s for sure. I don’t think it’s too bad if we can recover from our injuries. The players who haven’t played for a while needed 90 minutes of competitive football and you could see the lack of games in them at the end as they were shattered. 

“It help them having another game of this calibre and getting through to the next round, and then playing another game as long as we don’t pick up too many injuries going forward. Every player that played today had Premier League experience and that’s with nine players out, so I have enough squad players to play in the FA Cup with experience and talent.”

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