James McArthur on what Crystal Palace need to learn from Tottenham loss

Crystal Palace fell to defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.

Tottenham defeated Crystal Palace by a 1-0 scoreline, and James McArthur has told the Croydon Advertiser that Palace need to learn to grind out 0-0 draws if they are not playing particularly well in games.

The midfielder said: “When we don't play as well as we can, we need to try and grind a result out, have a clean sheet and take a 0-0.”

Palace suffered defeat at the hands of Spurs, with Heung-Min Son scoring the winning goal at White Hart Lane midway through the second half.

It was an impressive solo goal by Son, but, realistically Spurs should have won by a larger scoreline, with Palace struggling to get any hold on the game.

The Eagles’ no-striker formation meant that they failed to ever truly threaten, and although the post was hit by Yohan Cabaye, Spurs were good value for their win.

However, McArthur wants to see his Palace teammates learn from the defeat, and become a much more stable Premier League side.

Currently, Alan Pardew plays a very exciting brand of football, but he is poor at managing a game when it is drawing to a close.

His policy is to attack endlessly, and whilst it works in a number of situations, occasionally there are times when the manager needs to shut up shop, and choose to defend a draw rather than keep going for a win.

Pardew decided against this in the loss to Spurs, and it was the same situation when the Eagles lost to Manchester City last week.

Rather than holding onto a draw, they opted to push for a winner and came close to taking all the three points off the Premier League giants. But they shot themselves in the foot, leaving themselves exposed at the back and coming away with no points.

Pardew is an experienced manager, and hopefully he will learn from his mistakes to ensure Palace do not fall to similar defeats again.

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