Date: 30th October 2016 at 11:32pm
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Manager Alan Pardew has reflected on the loss to Liverpool this weekend, and he knew that the first half had been particularly tough on the side.

With James McArthur’s brace counting for little on the day as Palace went down four two at Selhurst Park, Pardew knew there were moments in the game he would’ve expected the side to be better in, but he also knew we saw Liverpool at their best.

Unfortunately being three two down at the half time break, he knew it had given us a mini mountain to climb in the second period.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC in his post game press interviews, a disappointed gaffer knew we had to dust ourselves down, and work hard to improve ahead of the game with Burnley next weekend.

Speaking about the first half in particular.

‘It was a bit too open for us against a side as good as they were. They kept wriggling out of situations with some brilliant technical play at times but we didn’t start as I would have liked. We didn’t have enough pressure at the top of the pitch and their two centre-halves had too much time, and then we were defending in the last third where they’re as good as anyone. It was a very difficult half for us but to concede two set plays is unusual for us, and that’s something we need to address. Sometimes its difficult on the sideline or in the press box to feel what the players are sensing out there, and some of their play was so quick and fast it got us in a negative mindset. We addressed that at half-time and we were a lot higher up the pitch, did a lot better and put the goalie under pressure as we had a lot of opportunities at 3-2.’

With penalty appeals for Wilfried Zaha in the game, they obviously featured in the questions.

‘He’s the type of player that if he’s going at full pace and there’s an obstruction, sometimes he’s going to go out the way of it, over it – you don’t know what he’s going to do. There were three decisions there that were so close and I’m not sure if they’re penalties or not. I don’t think Wilf purposely went down for any of them. You can say that for the first one Can sticks his leg out and he’s got to go over that, and for the third he’s been hit really hard and I don’t think he’s got any other choice but to go down there. Is it a fair challenge? I don’t know. I don’t think he was looking for a penalty today in terms of diving.’

With McArthur’s brace on the day, there were other positives that Pardew could take from the game as well.

‘McArthur was exceptional today and he didn’t deserve to be on the losing team. He scored two goals and his energy level was a positive force for us today. However the back four needs a bit of work and that’s something we’ll focus on this week.’

He also explained the decision to leave Andros Townsend on the bench for the match.

‘He saw me and said he wants to play on the right. He said he could do more when we played him there last week and Wilf was terrific there today, so I’ve got a tough call. The left side of our team is missing Pape Souare who gives us the balance of a left foot so that’s another area I need to work on, but it’s not a problem – Chungy did OK in that role.’

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