Crystal Palace boss hits back at Sam Allardyce claims

Alan Pardew

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce felt Crystal Palace would roll over at Newcastle United.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has branded Sam Allardyce’s claims as pre-historic after the Sunderland boss felt the South London club would roll over at Newcastle United, the Daily Mail reports.

In the build-up to another intriguing weekend of Premier League action, Sunderland boss Allardyce suggested Palace’s players would still be in party mood for their trip to Newcastle after securing a place in the FA Cup final with a 2-1 win over Watford at Wembley last weekend.

The comments were clearly meant to pile the pressure on relegation rivals Newcastle who many felt had to beat the Eagles to give themselves a chance of staying up, yet Pardew took offence.

Commenting after his side lost 1-0 in an evenly-matched encounter with the Magpies, the Eagles boss was not happy with Allardyce’s claims and hit back by suggesting his remark was pre-historic.

“He hasn't got a case. They're pre-historic comments. I don't know what era he's in. Three or four of my players don't drink. Perhaps he meant Coca-Cola. It's nonsense,” Pardew told the Daily Mail.

While Pardew disagreed with Allardyce’s comments, the Black Cats boss was evidently aware that Palace had very little to play for and the majority of their players would perhaps go easier in a bid to keep themselves fit for the upcoming FA Cup final next month - a factor that would help Newcastle.

But having said that, Pardew’s men gave a good account of themselves and they could quite easily have claimed a point from the match after seeing a second-half penalty saved by Karl Darlow.

The victory sees Newcastle leapfrog Sunderland and move out of the bottom three, although the Wearside club will be buoyed by their point at Stoke City as they remain one point behind their rivals with a game in hand.

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