Paul Ince predicts how Crystal Palace would have fared v Manchester City with Tony Pulis in charge

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace were defeated 4-0 by Manchester City.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Paul Ince has claimed that Crystal Palace would only have lost 1-0 to Manchester City if Tony Pulis was still in charge of the South London club, rather than Alan Pardew.

Ince said: “I expected more from Palace. When you to places like City, you can't afford to give silly goals away, and that's what they did. If it was a Pulis team, it might have been 1-0 to City, but the way Alan Pardew is doing it, and he's doing a fantastic job, he went and had a go at them. It's not the be-all and end-all, though.”

Palace were actually on top in the opening stages of the game, and Damien Delaney should have handed them the lead with a header that he played straight at Joe Hart.

After that, the Eagles fell behind when Fabian Delph was allowed to charge forward and hit a long-range strike past Wayne Hennessey, who really should have dealt with the shot.

After that, City took control of the game, and Palace completed their fifth fixture without hitting the back of the net.

Ince believes that Pardew’s all-out attacking philosophy is the reason that the Eagles lost by the four-goal margin, as they continued to leave themselves exposed in the defensive third by sending men forward.

Whilst a positive approach from Pardew, it meant they were on the end of a thrashing, and Ince has claimed that Pulis would have kept the scoreline down at 1-0 if he were in charge.

He would have ensured a more reserved approach, which would have left Palace safer as a defensive team, but reduced their own chances of scoring.

Pardew is a much better manager for Palace than Pulis could ever be, given their respective approaches to how football should be played.

However there is a time to be more reserved, and this is something that Pardew needs to learn if he is to take Palace to the heights of European qualification.

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