VIDEO: Kelly & Big Sam Disagree Openly Over The Reasons For Man City Loss

0 Posted by - May 8, 2017 - News, Video

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. 

These video interviews see Kelly and Big Sam disagree openly about the reasons for our defeat against Guardiola’s men. 

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. 


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  • Sharpy May 8, 2017 - 6:00 am Reply

    Martin Kelly has been excellent for us for weeks playing to a level way above that that I and I’m sure many thought he could reach and although Sam was right it wasn’t a comment that was needed. Our defence against City was miles from the standard needed to keep a clean sheet against a side of that class. Let’s just hope we can get the job done against Hull next weekend !!!

    • admin May 8, 2017 - 6:01 am Reply

      It just felt out of character for Sam to name Kelly by the person in my view. I suppose he was just hugely frustrated by the day as a whole.

  • Pardewispants May 8, 2017 - 7:27 am Reply

    It makes me laugh how little people know about football Kelly is a dreadful player he’s as bad if not worse as Lesley and Mitch I don’t care what he thinks JUst leave

  • Pardewispants May 8, 2017 - 7:28 am Reply

    It makes me laugh how little people know about football Kelly is a dreadful player he’s as bad if not worse as Ledley and Mutch I don’t care what he thinks JUst leave not too sharpy r we pal

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh May 8, 2017 - 11:25 am Reply

    Pardewispants, for someone who is so eager to castigate people for how much they know about football, you clearly don’t know how to spell our players names. Lesley and Mitch sound like the used to cover the bouncer shifts at the phoenix club, not warm the palace bench!

    Kelly could be a decent CB given time and has shown over the last few weeks he can handle it in big games against good teams. The problem was numbers, Schlupp is not a CB and never will be. Damo clearly isn’t rated by Sam and City have a potent attack. We were bound to lose against City, with that line up, just a shame it was so heavy.

    Dann back against Hull – who are nowhere near as good going forward, especially away from home – should keep it tight at the back next week. Can’t imagine Fat Sam will allow the same mistake again and the boys are probably doing defensive drills right now.

    Anyone notice that Swansea players paid for 3000 tickets for fans to travel to Sunderland – think the palace boys need to a similar gesture following that display.

    • admin May 8, 2017 - 11:39 am Reply

      I agree with you here, JFB. Sakho brought Kelly’s game up, playing next to Schlupp has brought him back down to earth with a bump.

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