Date: 22nd September 2016 at 11:29pm
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Manager Alan Pardew has given his thoughts on the midweek loss to Southampton in the third round of the League Cup.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC in his post game press conference following the two nil defeat at St Mary’s Stadium, a disappointed gaffer knew that the hosts had been more than worthy of their place in the fourth round draw and he admitted that losing Scott Dann early on in the game, Palace just couldn’t get themselves going on the day.

‘The best team won for sure, they were very sharp tonight. Their passing and movement caused us problems and we didn`t start great, and losing Scott Dann knocked us back a little bit I thought.’

As for the injury, Pardew said post game that it was a hamstring problem but obviously he had to be assessed to see how bad it might be.

‘It was his hamstring and how damaged that it, we`ll have to wait and see – I don`t know. The only good news is that James Tomkins might be OK for the weekend, he`s had a speedy recovery and we`re pleased about that.’

With eight changes made to the starting eleven, Pardew went on to say.

‘When you make changes, which Southampton did too, you`re never quite sure whether players are up to speed and I think we had one or two that looked a bit rusty. I can`t fault them as everyone gave their all, but we couldn`t create anything because we didn`t have enough imagination tonight or find a route to their goal. We were forced to make three changes to the back four from Sunday when Dann went off, so we got a bit disjointed there and gave up more chances than any other team has had against us this year. We`ve been really solid and had only conceded one goal in open play until tonight.’

He ended by saying.

‘Chungy was terrific tonight, he was one of our better displays. I thought him, Damo and the goalkeeper were all terrific in a team that was disjointed towards the end. I actually thought Damo was our best player tonight.’

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