Pardew un­der pres­sure af­ter ‘crazy’ de­feat

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

Alan Pardew thought Crys­tal Palace’s 5-4 de­feat in the Premier League at Swansea City on Satur­day was “crazy” while home mid­fielder Jack Cork agreed it had been a “mad” game.

Yet the sober real­ity of Palace’s sixth suc­ces­sive league loss against a rel­e­ga­tion ri­val was that both club and man­ager are now in more dan­ger than ever.

Much play had been made in the build-up of Palace’s record in 2016 be­ing the worst of all Eng­land’s 92 league clubs.

This time, de­spite lead­ing even as the game went into in­jury time, they still came away with noth­ing as sub­sti­tute Fer­nando Llorente struck twice in the 91st and 93rd min­utes to seal their fate.

Only goal dif­fer­ence now keeps Palace out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“It was an un­be­liev­able game for us. Set-play goals, I think there were four of them, in­cred­i­ble re­ally,” said Pardew.

“It had a crazy feel to it, the sec­ond half. In the end, five bad goals for us and four for them. Very dis­ap­pointed the way we de­fended, par­tic­u­larly the last two goals when we got our­selves in front.”

Poor de­fence has marked Palace’s sea­son and they have now con­ceded 11 goals in their past three away games. Of the six straight league de­feats, Pardew said: “They all hurt.”

Swansea’s de­fen­sive record is scarcely bet­ter but they were de­lighted af­ter fash­ion­ing their first league win un­der new man­ager Bob Bradley.

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