Martin Kelly and Sam Allardyce may be having a rather frank conversation with one another at training this morning after both men blamed mistakes made by the other for the team’s loss at Manchester City on Saturday.
After conceding the first goal of the game before three minutes had even been played at The Etihad Stadium, it’s fair to say that the players faced something of an uphill battle from the very start. Of course injuries played a part on the day, with four full-backs making up what looked to be a woefully understrength back line for the Eagles but even so, you never expect to fall behind so early in any game.
The entire squad were understandably left feeling mightily disappointed in the immediate aftermath of the 5-0 drubbing but it is interesting to see Kelly blaming a lack of tactical preparation for the manner of defeat whilst the gaffer quickly calls out Martin Kelly individually as the man who was at fault for the opening goal of the game.
Whilst the manager isn’t technically incorrect in his claims over Kelly’s culpability for the hosts’ opening strike, it is a little bit of a surprise to see the former England boss referencing him so quickly when asked for his views on why we suffered such a heavy defeat at the hands of Jesus, Silva, Sterling and co.
Perhaps it’s nothing more than a storm in a teacup but it’s not often you hear a manager and one of his players openly contradicting one another in post-match interviews so close together, even though they’re unlikely to have heard the other man speak before giving their own opinion on the game in question.
There were rumours last week of a potential return to fitness for Scott Dann in the near future with Martin Kelly a potential candidate to be replaced by Allardyce for the visit of Hull City to Selhurst Park next weekend.
I’ll tell you one thing for free, I’d do terrible things to get Mamadou Sakho back to full fitness in time for the appearance of Marco Silva and his players in SE25. We can all dream.