Alan Pardew has hit back at Sam Allardyce after the Sunderland boss claimed that Palace wouldn’t work hard enough to earn anything from our game against Newcastle yesterday.
With his own side only managing to get a point thanks to a last minute penalty away at Stoke, Big Sam will now be forced to navigate the final weeks of the season below the Magpies, who have jumped out of the bottom three thanks to their 1-0 triumph over Palace.
Although yet to give a countering opinion to Pardew’s criticism of him, Allardyce had claimed that the Eagles squad would have been “on the pop” following their FA Cup Semi-Final triumph over Watford last week, a slur which Pardew understandably took great exception to.
You could argue that an angry reaction is exactly what Allardyce will have hoped to generate from our players, installing an extra incentive within them to fight for all three points at St James’ Park, but unfortunately for him, the plan had no effect on the final score.
Unsurprisingly, Pardew waited until after the final whistle had blown in yesterday’s encounter to air his views on the subject, but he was quite right to address them publicly in the aftermath of the game regardless of the final score.
In a move that came across as subtly as a flying toilet seat, Allardyce proved himself to be a man from a bygone age, unconcerned with the disrespectful tone of his words and happy to goad a group of players he’s never had any dealings with on a personal level.
Pardew may not be enjoying the most fruitful of runs in terms of Premier League form with us this year, but his choice of words in denouncing Allardyce’s theory is absolutely spot on. We may lack quality at times, but there’s never a lack of effort running through the side.