Alan Pardew: Key decisions went against Crystal Palace in Hull City defeat

Alan Pardew

The Palace manager was disappointed with some of the decisions from the match officials, but refused to criticise Steve Bruce's side for time-wasting.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told BBC Sport that 'key decisions' went against his side in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Hull City.

The Tigers travelled to Selhurst Park desperate for a win to try and move them further away from the on-going relegation battle at the bottom of the table.

The victory, courtesy of two goals from forward Dame N’Doye , did help the Tigers, although they sit just one point above 18th placed Sunderland. Pardew, though, clearly felt the win was undeserved, with several decisions going against his side over the course of the contest.

“Key decisions went against us today,” he told BBC Sport.

“The first goal was handball, we had a penalty with Wilf [Zaha], I think we had a penalty when Glenn [Murray] should have scored in the first half. And then our [disallowed] goal, I think that's a tough call."

The loss to Steve Bruce’s side was obviously a frustrating one for Pardew, who would have been keen to see his side return to winning ways after the defeat to West Brom last time out, with former Eagles manager Tony Pulis currently at the helm of the Midlands side.

Hull’s desperation for the three vital points in their fight for survival also led to some time-wasting tactics towards the end of the game as they sought to seal the victory. While Pardew was aggrieved by them “wasting time for fun”, he refused to criticise.

“Teams desperate for points, slowing the game down and wasting time. I get that, I've done it myself,” he added.

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