Palace manager Sam Allardyce was left disappointed that Seamus Coleman’s winning goal in Everton’s 1-0 win at Selhurst Park was allowed to stand for two reasons.
The full-back’s winner three minutes from time condemned the Eagles to defeat, however Palace were dealt a cruel blow with Jeffrey Schlupp down injured at the other end of the field and Coleman firing home from an offside position, meaning the hard work in keeping the Toffees at bay for 87 minutes was in vain.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Allardyce spoke about a range a topics, including:
The controversial winner: “We were down to 10 men and couldn’t get a sub on, and when Jeffrey Schlupp had done a great job on Coleman he wasn’t there when he scored. However I’ve seen that he’s offside and it’s an easy one for the assistant because it’s on his side right in front of him.
“The referee should have let us get a sub on, but if you ask them they’ll probably tell you it’s not in the rules of the game or something of that nature but we’re at a disadvantage through no fault of our own, and he’s let it go on a long time when he could have blown up. I don’t think Everton have any responsibility to kick the ball out, it’s up to the referee but that’s not the big issue – for me that’s the offside.”
The game: “We’re very disappointed we didn’t get a 0-0 and that clean sheet that we need to start building on, I would have been delighted with that but it’s difficult to take we didn’t get it.
“The big turning point for us was the header [by Scott Dann] on the free-kick that the keeper has saved. I thought it was in but it was a brilliant save, but I’m encouraged by the way we’re working and hopefully we’ll improve and get some results.”
Positives to take: “Everton beat Manchester City 4-0 last week and were lucky to beat us today, so we have to take positives out of that. We put a back three in and that showed a lot of quality in how they played throughout the 90 minutes, but we just couldn’t see it out. We weren’t really to blame for the defeat today.”
Falling into the relegation zone: “Dropping into the bottom three doesn’t make any difference; what matters is how many games you play to how many points you’ve got. At the end of the day, you have to win points when you play games, no matter what position you’re in. We have to start very quickly getting more points per game; if we start to chip away at the gap between the amount of games we’ve played and the amount of points we’ve got, then we start getting closer to our safety mark.”
Transfers: “We’ll try and bring the players in who we think are better than what we’ve got. That is a difficult task, as there could be 100 players available tomorrow but how many will be good enough? We have to make sure we don’t panic and buy them for the sake of buying them and they can’t contribute.
“We’ve had several bids rejected and nos from players who don’t want to join in the fight to avoid relegation. We’ve made the bids, talked to the agents, talked to the clubs and had acceptance in some areas and not in others, and we’ve had somebody who has said yes and then it gets too expensive and somebody comes in and gets them before you do. That’s a constant until we get to the 1st of February and then we have what we have and we go forward from that.”