Danny Murphy criticises Alan Pardew’s tactics v Liverpool

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace suffered a last minute defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Danny Murphy has criticised Alan Pardew for his tactical decisions as Crystal Palace lost to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Murphy said: “He [Pardew] got it wrong, tactically. They completely gave up possession to a 10-man Liverpool side, with good attacking players on the pitch. The could have pressed higher up the pitch and really gone at Liverpool - but they didn’t. It’s frustrating.”

Palace were leading 1-0 at Selhurst Park when James Milner was sent off for two bookable offences.

Even in their poor form, many would have expected that Palace would have seen through the win, as they had both a goal, and numerical, advantage.

However, they eased off as soon as Milner was sent off, and Roberto Firmino pulled a goal back on the 72nd minute.

Christian Benteke netted the winner from the penalty spot after earning a fortuitous spot kick, with the injury time goal sending the Eagles to another defeat.

Murphy believes that Pardew was at fault for the loss, as he didn’t take advantage of the player advantage by searching for another goal.

Murphy claims that Pardew should have had his team pressing high up the pitch, considering Palace had a number of good attacking players on the pitch at that time.

Liverpool would not have been able to cope being a man down if Palace were charging at them in the final third, but Palace chose to sit deep and invite pressure.

Pardew may have felt himself hard done by at the final whistle, due to the questionable penalty decision, but he brought much of the defeat upon himself due to some bad tactical decisions.

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