John Salako highlights difference between Newcastle and Sunderland, has advice for Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren

Crystal Palace lost to Sunderland at home, but defeated Newcastle United at Selhurst Park in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace first-team coach John Salako explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning the difference he has noticed between the Sunderland and the Newcastle United players.

Palace played against Sunderland and Newcastle in their last two Premier League games, both at home.

While the Eagles suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Black Cats at Selhurst Park, they hammered the Magpies 5-1 in London on Saturday afternoon.

“When they (Newcastle) went up they were full of confidence and we still had a belief,” said Salako on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning. “To equalise quite quickly knocked the stuffing out of them and you could just see their heads going down. There was no belief.

“It was a complete contrast (to Monday). Alan Pardew said it, we hate playing against Sam Allardyce because they’re dogged. They came with that back five, they’d been working on it, they were just going to frustrate us, make it difficult, keep the crowd quiet.

“And Newcastle didn’t do that. They didn’t earn the right to win that game and in the end they let us walk all over them.”

Saluki also had some advice for Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren and said: “Steve’s got a tough job – he’s got Liverpool and then Spurs and he’s got to galvanise that squad. It’s all about the spirit, they’ve got to go dogged.

“They’ve got to stop conceding. Three at home against Leicester, you need to shore up the defence and stop them scoring and maybe get a 0-0 or nick one. Once you get a win you can build on that.”

Palace are having a fabulous season and are in the running for a top-six finish in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew’s side are seventh in the league table with 22 points from 14 matches, just five points behind Arsenal, who are currently fourth and occupy the final Champions League spot.

Newcastle are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 10 points from 14 matches.

Sunderland are currently 17th in the standings with 12 points from 14 games, just two points above the relegation zone.

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