Crystal Palace’s last-gasp defeat at home to Liverpool may seem like ancient history to some supporters, but Alan Pardew is clearly still extremely angry about Christian Benteke’s theatrics, and perhaps more importantly, Jamie Carragher’s reaction.
The Eagles boss has been extremely forthright in expressing his disdain for Carragher, who excused the Liverpool striker for exaggerating his fall after feeling his ankle being brushed by Damien Delaney in the penalty area during the final moments of the Premier League clash.
Whilst almost no one suggested that Benteke hadn’t dived, it was the desire from Carragher to absolve Benteke of any blame that clearly got under Pardew’s skin; an issue that is evidently still riling him, if his most recent comments regarding the Sky Sports pundit are anything to go by.
Having avoided disciplinary action from the FA for the tone of his post-match comments to the press, Pardew has now decided to use Wilfried Zaha as an example of a player who he feels Carragher wouldn’t be as quick to defend, were the shoe to be placed on the other foot; an observation that is almost certain to annoy the former Reds defender, but one that probably does have some foundation in truth too.
Hopefully, this sort of flashpoint won’t be something we have to encounter too much between now and the end of the season, as Pardew and his players search for an elusive three points that would see them all but mathematically safe for another year.
That being said, you wouldn’t bet against Carragher having a pointed dig back at Pardew when he is next given the opportunity live on Sky. No one would take well to being openly accused of showing bias in favour of their old club under such controversial circumstances.