Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has refused to blame Scott Dann for Monday night’s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland after his defensive error led to Jermain Defoe’s goal.
The Eagles looked to have earned a point from the game until Defoe was put through on goal after a misjudgment by Dann in the 80th minute.
Dann appeared to misread Billy Jones’ long ball up field, and got the wrong side of Defoe, leaving him to take the ball round goalkeeper Wayne Henessey to slot into an empty net.
“Scott Dann’s been fantastic for us, he just read that situation wrongly,” said Pardew of his defender’s mistake for the crucial goal.
“He tried to ease Jermain (Defoe) away, got the wrong side of him and then he was in trouble.”
Meanwhile, substitute Bakary Sako suffered a hamstring strain after 20 minutes and will be a doubt for Saturday’s home Premier League clash with Newcastle.