Pardew: Hangeland howler cost Palace

Date published: Saturday 24th October 2015 6:43

Alan Pardew: Faces his former employers on Saturday as Palace host West Ham

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew accepts that his team were masters of their own downfall in the 1-0 defeat at Leicester.

Jamie Vardy’s second-half goal made the difference after Brede Hangeland mis-hit a clearance straight to Riyad Mahrez, who sent the England forward racing through on goal for a lovely lofted finish over Wayne Hennessey.

Pardew admitted the error cost his side at least a point, but he also bemoaned his side’s lack of creativity.

“I thought we did a pretty good job but we’ve made one mistake and it’s been costly,” Pardew said.

“We were disciplined, organised and comfortable really, and chances in the game were fleeting.

“I was disappointed we didn’t follow up on breakaways and we surrendered territory a little too easily. That was our biggest problem.

“But we got better in the second half and it was a tight game. Leicester weren’t really going anywhere and it was a mistake that cost us the game.

“I can’t fault our commitment and effort but that little bit of flair we needed was missing and we couldn’t find it.”

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