Alan Pardew admits Chung-yong Lee has been unlucky at Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace beat Stoke City 2-1 yesterday with Chung-yong Lee netting the winner.

Alan Pardew has admitted to Crystal Palace’s official website that Chung-yong Lee has been unfortunate ever since moving to Selhurst Park.

Lee switched to the Eagles from Bolton Wanderers at the start of 2015, but first-team appearances have so far been hard to come by.

The South Korean has started just one Premier League match for Palace, but he showed his class when coming off the bench against Stoke City on Saturday.

Lee smashed in a wonderful winner for his side at the Britannia Stadium, and Pardew was purring about the midfielder’s quality after the match.

"He's a great player, he's unfortunate in this team,” Pardew said. “I brought him to this football club, he would have wanted more opportunities. But, with [Yannick] Bolasie and [Wilfried] Zaha filling those wide areas, he doesn't get a lot of opportunities. He certainly woke us all up today.

"He can score goals, usually not from as far back as that, more of a taking people on and weaving his way through type of goals. I'm delighted for him. He's one of the most popular players in our dressing room.”

Palace had actually been on the back foot for much of the second half against Stoke, but Lee’s strike deserved to seal the three points.

The Eagles had taken the lead when Connor Wickham lashed in a penalty but Stoke equalised through Bojan.

With the match heading towards a draw, Lee then popped up and tucked home a volley from 25 yards to send the away end into delirium.

Palace’s win lifts them up to fifth place in the Premier League table, with Pardew’s side now sitting above Manchester United.

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