Alan Pardew makes a frank admission about his role in Liverpool defeat

Alan Pardew

The Crystal Palace boss has been discussing his role in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.

Alan Pardew says he and his players held a 'frank discussion' ahead of Crystal Palace's game with West Ham, according to the London Evening Standard.

And Pardew admits he was at fault when Liverpool beat Palace 2-1 earlier this season.

The south London side led the Reds 1-0 but ended up losing late on. Pardew brought on three substitutes and says he was visibly disappointed those changes influenced the game the wrong way.

The Palace boss is quoted as telling the Mirror by the Standard: "After the Liverpool game, when they went down to ten men and I put on three substitutes and we looked worse , then I had to look at myself - 'Hold on a minute, what happened there?'"

It's good that Pardew can admit his shortcomings, of course, as he's been all too keen to deny justified criticism in the past.

The Crystal Palace boss is now far more relaxed after a couple of good results. Were the Eagles still on a bad run, Pardew may not be as forthcoming with his honesty.

Liverpool, meanwhile, face Everton later tonight and can still realistically finish fifth in the Premier League - a good achievement for such a topsy turvy campaign.

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