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Allardyce Angry With Defensive Display

6 May 2017


Sam Allardyce was left disappointed with his team's defensive display against Manchester City as they fell to a 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

The Eagles boss was angry with the way Palace conceded the five goals against Pep Guardiola's classy outfit, and deemed the result "a capitulation" as the Eagles suffered their worst Premier League defeat since August 1994.

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

The game: “We made too many mistakes defensively today. When you play against Manchester City you can’t afford those and they punished us. Our recovery from the first goal was very good, but we fell into the same trap at the start of the second half and after that it was a capitulation from the players which was very disappointing, especially how well we’ve been playing recently.

“From my point of view, all five goals we let in today could have been avoided if we had defended properly and that’s the biggest disappointment for me. Normally when Manchester City beat you here they produce some outstanding skills, but we gifted them very easy chances to score and they thrashed us by putting them away. We have to take it on the chin and get ready for the big game a week tomorrow.”

Chasing the game: “The refocus was good after a loss of focus for the first goal – all we had to do was head it out for a corner and we didn’t and they scored. We got back in the game but then when the second one went in I think our players felt that the task was too big, and they had to try and score as quickly as they could, but they didn’t. All they had to do was defend better until the end, and if a goal came their way then they had a chance. But if you gift them three more, then it’s goodnight, god bless.”

Attitude of the players: “I want them to take responsibility for that poor performance today. We’ll all take responsibility today, including me, but let’s bounce back. We have to remember what our best game is, and focus on what our best one or two games were recently and put that in our mind for the rest of the week, and say to yourself: ‘that’s what I’m going to produce next week’. Mindful rehearsal is very important in our game, and if they can get that positive thinking going from the start of the week, it could help them with a nervy state of affairs next Sunday.”

Hull game: “I definitely want to win that one, there’s no way I want to rely on others slipping up and us staying safe. I want to win it because of what we’ve achieved recently. It’s our responsibility to try and beat Hull City next week as these last three defeats have been hard to take.

“Today, we can lose yes, but to lose that like that – no, it’s unacceptable. Burnley defended exceptionally well against us and we couldn’t break them down, and Tottenham we lost by a wonder goal from Eriksen. All three games have been different as to how we’ve lost them, but today was the most disappointing, and we have to get back to winning ways next week.”

Injured players: “We want them fit if we can. We have eight days before our next game and our performances have suffered a little bit because of the loss of those players, particularly defensively where for a long time we were clean sheet masters, but now we’ve not kept one for a considerable amount of games. That would be my first focus a week on Sunday and that we make sure when we come off the pitch it’s ‘Hull City – nil’.”

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