Pardew: Penalty could have inspired Palace comeback

Date published: Sunday 28th February 2016 9:05

Alan Pardew: Says Crystal Palace should have had two penalties at West Brom

Alan Pardew believes Crystal Palace should have been awarded a penalty at West Brom which could have inspired a dramatic comeback.

Craig Gardner, Craig Dawson and Saido Berahino scored to leave Palace 3-0 down at half-time at The Hawthorns on Saturday, but Pardew believes his side were denied a clear penalty after Connor Wickham had made it 3-1.

He said: “We knew they were going to come out of the blocks and we just didn’t deal with it. Luckily half-time came.

“At 3-1 we should have had a penalty and that would have come at a crucial time.

“The charge in the back of Scott Dann is a penalty all day long. The (Yannick) Bolasie one is a penalty as well but the other one was earlier and would have been much more important to us.

“I’ve been in that situation before when I was 4-0 down at Arsenal (as Newcastle boss) and we came back to 4-4. It kind of gave me that memory.”

Wickham scored a second to set up a tense finish, but West Brom held on to leave Palace without a Premier League win since December.

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