Crystal Palace suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland in the Premier League this evening.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has been quoted as saying by the club’s official Twitter page that he should not have played Marouane Chamakh against Sunderland this evening.
Morocco international striker Chamakh did not start the Premier League encounter at Selhurst Park, but he came on as a substitute in the 76th minute.
It was the former Arsenal striker’s first league appearance this season, and Pardew has admitted that it was a game too soon for the 31-year-old.
Pardew: "Chamakh is a player that you sense is going to be important, but it may have been a game too soon for him."— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) November 23, 2015
Pardew: "Cham hasn’t had a lot of game time. I’m not sure about a start on Saturday, but he has that class & quality to make a difference."— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) November 23, 2015
Jermain Defoe’s goal in the 80th minute proved to be the only goal of the match, as Sunderland registered a very important 1-0 win in London.
Over the course of the 90 minutes at Selhurst Park, Palace had 67% of the possession, took 19 shots of which seven were on target, and earned 11 corners.
Sunderland had 33% of the possession, took 12 shots of which just four were on target, and earned two corners.
Palace are 10th in the Premier League table at the moment with 19 points from 13 matches.