Mark Bright defends Alan Pardew’s James McArthur decision

Alan Pardew

James McArthur did not start for Crystal Palace against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mark Bright has defended Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew’s decision over James McArthur on social networking site Twitter.

Midfielder McArthur was on the substitutes’ bench for Palace’s Premier League game against Watford away from home on Sunday afternoon.

The Scotland international came on for Yohan Cabaye in the 77th minute, as the Eagles won the match 1-0.

One Palace fan was not happy with Pardew’s decision not to start McArthur against Watford on Sunday, but former Eagles forward Bright defended the manager.

McArthur has featured pretty regularly for Palace so far this season, having joined the London outfit from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2014.

The former Hamilton Academical midfielder created eight chances in seven Premier League appearances so far this campaign.

McArthur has a pass accuracy of 87%, and has won 10 headers, one dribble and 11 tackles.

Palace are sixth in the Premier League table with 12 points from seven matches, just a point behind fourth-place Arsenal.

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