Palace sit third in the Premier League this morning, after a deserved 2-0 win following a dominating performance at Selhurst Park yesterday against West Bromwich Albion.
Up against a determined Albion side which had been well-organised by former Eagles boss Tony Pulis, Palace made the breakthrough when Yannick Bolasie headed in Yohan Cabaye’s cross on 68 minutes.
As The Eagles Beak predicted when he was signed in the summer, Cabaye was again winning the plaudits as he ran the game for Palace, and the French international midfielder got on to the score sheet himself from the penalty spot after Chris Brunt succumbed to the torture he’d endured from Wilfried Zaha and brought the winger down in the area.
Post-match press conferences rarely generate more light than heat, and current circumstance is all. So compare and contrast the headline-grabbing diatribe offered by the manager at Stamford Bridge yesterday with what a contented Palace manager Alan Pardew delivered after seeing his side’s fifth win from eight league games: “It’s the chairman who needs to take a lot of credit,” Pardew said.
“I’m at the end of a three- or four-year scenario. It’s been great for me to put the cream on the top of this particular trifle.
“We’ve got some nice cream. Cabaye, in particular, was outstanding if you’re going to talk about commitment, winning tackles, winning headers, making passes anticipating interceptions. He made the highest number of tackles last weekend and he creates the first goal. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Listen to Pardew’s post-match reaction here:
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