Saturday 18 November 2017

Allardyce positive but desperate for points

Stoke City 1 Crystal Palace 0

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce looks dejected during the Premier League match at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce looks dejected during the Premier League match at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Sam Allardyce felt Crystal Palace had put in a creditable shift in the 1-0 loss at Stoke - but stressed their urgent need for results.

In a game low on entertainment, Joe Allen's 67th-minute strike condemned second-bottom Palace to their sixth defeat in eight Premier League matches under Allardyce.

The visitors, who had been looking to bounce back from their humiliating 4-0 home loss to basement boys Sunderland last weekend, remain level on 19 points with the Black Cats.

They are two points adrift of 17th-placed Swansea and 16th-placed Leicester, whose game in hand over them comes when they meet on Sunday.

Allardyce said: "I wasn't too disappointed with the performance but at the end of the day we have still got no points.

"It's very apparent that if we don't start turning points in from the games we play it's going to get harder and harder as every game ticks by.

"I think we deserved a point today with the way we played.

"The disappointing thing was the timing of the goal, when we were in control of the game. With it being the only shot on target Stoke had (in the second half) you have to be reasonably satisfied that you've contained the opposition when they are playing at home like that.

"But of course, unfortunately the big problem is - and the bottom line is - there is no result again. It's another defeat and it's ever ongoing, and has gone on far too long, not just with me but before I came.

He added: "We've got to break the mould - I've got to break the mould and try to guide the players into results.

"The pressure is evident, that we all have to live with. We have to use it in a positive way, and go out and believe we are going to give a performance and get a result, and pretty quickly."

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