Alan Pardew felt Crystal Palace were better than a 4-0 scoreline suggested against Manchester City – but he was left to rue another Wayne Hennessey error.
After a bad error against Aston Villa in midweek, Hennessey should have done better with Fabian Delph’s 22nd-minute long-range opener for City.
A Sergio Aguero brace and another goal from David Silva heaped further misery on Palace, who have now not won or even scored in five Premier League games.
“Wayne is going to have to show me this week in training,” Pardew told BBC Sport regarding Hennessey. “A mistake at Villa, he needed to respond today and made another mistake.
“The ball is in his court to keep out the other two goalkeepers but I need to see it in training, I need to see a reaction from him. I will give him that chance because he deserves it.”
On the whole, however, Pardew felt his side performed reasonably well.
“That was not a bad performance from us,” he said in his post-match press conference.
“We got in some great positions, but perhaps our final pass could have been better. We certainly threatened the goal.
“The goals changed the complexion of the game and the result doesn’t reflect what went on the pitch.”