Alan Pardew claimed he “felt sorry” for his Crystal Palace players after they fell to a late 1-0 defeat away at Tottenham yesterday afternoon.
Despite a performance that demonstrated an improved level of graft in comparison to the limp defeat at home to West Brom a week ago, Palace were once again lacking in a cutting edge once they worked the ball into Tottenham’s final third, resulting in a remarkably easy day for Michel Vorm in the home team’s goal.
Having persisted with a lone striker in the shape of Connor Wickham, Pardew readily admitted that our lack of goals is unacceptable but appeared to offer no coherent plan, other than a change of personnel at the head of the side, as a solution for the issues facing us in the weeks to come.
After dissecting the defeat at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino’s men, Pardew was quizzed about the signing of the aforementioned Belgian striker, speaking glowingly about what he felt the former Liverpool man will offer the team as a collective entity over the course of the next nine months. It goes without saying that the 25-year-old will dramatically improve our prospects in front of goal when compared to Connor Wickham, but the true impact he will have on the side will rely on a slight tweak in our tactical set-up; something the vast majority of fans will no doubt be hoping Pardew implements from the moment he throws him into the first-team picture.
The interview concluded with Pardew being asked about the prospect of further incoming business being completed at Palace before the transfer window shuts in a little under two weeks time, prompting the manager to disclose news that will no doubt ease the concerns that many of our fans were audibly airing after yesterday’s loss.
Our run of form since Christmas has been unacceptable, or that there is no doubt. We can only hope that the two home games we have coming up in the next six days bring about a change of fortunes on the pitch.
Keep everything crossed.