Allardyce: Two points dropped for Palace

Dec 27, 2016, 00:32
Allardyce: Two points dropped for Palace

Sam Allardyce branded Watford's mascot Harry the Hornet "out of order" for mocking Wilfried Zaha after the final whistle of his first game in charge of Crystal Palace. As Pardew was dismissed by Palace on Thursday, Allardyce name was immediately thrown around in the media, and just one day later he was hired to take over the struggling side.

He was brought down in the 38th minute for a penalty which Gomes denied Benteke.

Palace are 17th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone and three points off the foot of the table.

Watford were awarded a second-half penalty and there was never any doubt Deeney would be the man as he smashed in the spot-kick to reach his milestone and rescue a 1-1 draw for the hosts. "I was looking for the clean sheet but sadly we gave that away by giving them a soft penalty". You say: "I've got away with that one". "We just didn't finish the opposition off".

"I couldn't see (the Zaha penalty incident) from where I was standing".

And in the 26th minute, Cabaye eventually found the net after Andros Townsend picked him out with a fine reverse pass and an on-side Cabaye fired past goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. And if someone is diving, they don't get that angry. I have to sort those difficulties out, hopefully with my experience, and try to get a few more results on the board, particularly over Christmas and New Year, to make everybody feel more comfortable.

"I have seen something, but I didn't see it all", he said.

"I was excited, a bit nervous for us obviously, but nice to be back". They already have players capable of creating things in the offensive end of the pitch, and goalscoring hasn't been the problem under Pardew, it's been their inability to defend a lead and close out games.

The same might be said of the reference to a "pint of wine" over the Tannoy system, a reference to the newspaper sting which cost Allardyce his role with England after 67 days, as the home club wished their fans well for what remains of the festive season.

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