Alan Pardew was in extremely dour mood during last night’s post-match press conference at The Etihad Stadium.
Clearly hugely frustrated at what was his team’s third straight defeat in all competitions, he took a moment to thank the Palace supporters for their efforts in getting to the game, before going on to give some context to the absentees we had within the squad for a variety of reasons.
Without the services of Cabaye, Puncheon, McArthur, Wickham and Souare, we inevitably looked overmatched against the superstars of Manchester City and will be hoping to get at least two of the three aforementioned players back into the fold for this Saturday’s game against Manchester United.
After seeing his players start the game in a positive manner, the cut to Yannick Bolasie’s head acted as something of a turning point in our fortunes, with the floodgates opening soon after, leaving the players a tad shellshocked at the manner in which the hosts killed the game off in the minutes that followed.
In desperate need of a genuine goalscorer, Pardew is understandably frustrated at Connor Wickham’s continued absence, but after giving Patrick Bamford the chance to shine from the start last night, he won’t have been impressed by what he saw.
Let’s hope the team bounce back with a real performance this weekend, for morale reasons alone, it’s much needed.