Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has described Patrick Bamford as “a little emotional” in a pre-match press conference ahead of the young striker’s return to Selhurst Park, according to the Daily Express.
The England under-21 international spent the early part of the season on loan in south London but failed to make an impression as he was used sparingly by Pardew.
The 22-year-old is expected to line-up against his former club on Saturday in bid to help Alex Neil’s side dropping out of the Premier League.
Speaking to the media in a pre-match conference, ex-Newcastle coach Pardew claimed Bamford was a victim of circumstance during his time at Palace but was unhappy with how he departed.
"He wanted to be an instant success, but his chances were limited with us, because at the time we were on a fantastic run of results,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
"I was disappointed with him when he left because he could have handled the situation better, he made an error and was a little emotional."