Thursday 22 February 2018

Pardew praises Palace's patience after Cabaye orchestrates victory over Baggies

Yohan Cabaye: midfield masterclass
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Alan Pardew singled out Yohan Cabaye for praise after his midfield masterclass guided Crystal Palace to a 2-0 victory over West Brom.

With the Baggies having not conceded a goal away from home in the Premier League this season ahead of their trip to Selhurst Park, Palace had to be patient in their attempt to break through a stubborn defence.

But Cabaye, who also played under Pardew at Newcastle, held the key as he crossed for Yannick Bolasie to head home before converting his second penalty in six days. The France international joined the Eagles in the summer in a major coup as he moved from Paris Saint-Germain for a club-record fee.

"We knew we needed to be patient, we played in a controlled manner," Pardew said. "You need someone like Cabaye to orchestrate that and he was great today in everything he did. "He created the goal at a stage we were starting to worry on the bench and potentially looking for changes.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has revealed he has made a decision over his future - but refused to say what it is.

The 68-year-old attended his pre-match press conference after the 2-2 home draw with West Ham, which was played out amid speculation that it was his final game in charge.

Asked if he could confirm he would still be in post beyond this weekend, he replied: "No, I can't say that."

Asked further if he had made a decision over his future, he said: "Yes, I have made a decision. I don't like that I don't want to discuss my own future, you will hear it this way or the other way."

Advocaat is expected to stand down today, but opposite number Slaven Bilic urged him to stay as the pair embraced on the final whistle.

He said: "I told him to stay, of course I did. I know Dick and I'm a big admirer. If he goes, the Premier league would miss him. He is a man of knowledge, experience, six international teams."

Advocaat was moved to tears as his side, who went into the game without a win in their opening seven league games of the season, raced into a 2-0 lead through Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens, who was later sent off for a second bookable offence. But Carl Jenkinson pulled one back in first-half stoppage time and, after Lens' departure, Dimitri Payet snatched a point.

Advocaat said: "The way we played was very, very positive for everybody. There was not a player who was not in the game.

Tim Sherwood admitted he is still searching for his best team and the clock is ticking on his Aston Villa misfits after their 1-0 home loss to Stoke left them rooted in the relegation zone, four points adrift of safety.

Marko Arnautovic's second-half goal earned Stoke their first away win in the league since they beat Villa in February. It left the hosts searching for their first league win since the opening day of the season - they have earned just one point in their last seven games.

Sherwood signed 13 new players in the summer and started seven of them yesterday but conceded he is yet to strike on the winning formula.

He said: "Absolutely, the team selection shows that every week. I'm trying to find a right way. You can't persevere with a team who haven't won. You have to keep jigging it around to find a solution and at the moment I haven't done that."

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says everything Jamie Vardy touches is turning to gold after the England striker continued his goalscoring streak at Norwich.

Vardy has now scored in five successive league games after he won and converted a penalty in the first half for the visitors in their 2-1 victory.

Jeffrey Schlupp doubled Leicester's advantage moments after the interval before Norwich substitute Dieumerci Mbokani pulled one back for the hosts with a little over 20 minutes remaining.

But Leicester survived six minutes of injury-time, and Norwich substitute Nathan Redmond hitting the post, to claim all three points and move up to fourth in the table. Ranieri said of Vardy: "He is in a great moment and strikers live for this kind of moment - now everything he does is gold."

Eddie Howe was left frustrated as Bournemouth were held to a 1-1 draw by Watford. Artur Boruc's error gifted Odion Ighalo an equaliser after Glenn Murray had headed the Cherries into the lead. Then Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes denied Steve Cook a memorable goal with a stunning save, before palming out Murray's penalty seven minutes from time.

"It's disappointing, we should have won the game," said Cherries boss Howe. "The key moments went against us. We encourage our players and our keeper to be brave and play the ball out from the back, so there's no blame attached to Artur. But the timing was unfortunate.

"And Steve Cook's overhead kick would have been talked about for years if it had gone in. It was an incredible save.

"Then when you get a penalty at the end you think you are going to win but it was another top-class save."

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