Palace ‘showed heart’ in two-goal fightback, says Pardew

Date published: Saturday 2nd April 2016 6:52

Alan Pardew: Delighted with his side's performance

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says his team “showed their heart” after coming from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with West Ham. 

Palace looked to be heading for yet another defeat despite Damien Delaney’s early opener as Manuel Lanzini equalised and Dimitri Payet scored a stunning free-kick to put the home side 2-1 ahead.

However, the game was turned on it’s head when West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate was given a straight red card and then Palace striker Dwight Gayle scored a late equaliser.

Palace held on to claim a draw, but are still without a win in the Premier League since December last year.

Pardew admitted that he didn’t agree with Mark Clattenburg’s decision to send off Kouyate, but says he was “delighted” with his team’s performance.

“I thought the red card was harsh and I would’ve been disappointed to have that happen to one of my players,” says Pardew.

“When you are 2-1 down at West Ham, in the form they are in, you take a 2-2.

“I’m delighted for the team and they showed their heart is still very much in it. We’ve got ourselves into a bit of trouble but this is a great result.

“Every point in the Premier League is gold-dust, especially to get something at West Ham. It was a great performance and a great result. West Ham had to defend for their lives at the end.”

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