Crystal Palace and Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has said that a ‘little shout’ from Alan Pardew at half-time helped the Eagles to overturn a 1-0 deficit at home to Stoke City.
Palace trailed at the interval courtesy of a 28th-minute strike from Charlie Adam after a lacklustre first period, one that was characteristic of the club’s turgid form in 2016.
But they came out for the second-half like a team possessed and goalkeeper Hennessey has highlighted Pardew’s role in the ensuing comeback.
“They had a couple of chances and our game plan didn’t work in the first half” Hennessey told the Kingston Guardian.
“Then we got back in and the gaffer had a good little shout at us and explained a few things and we changed the game as soon as we came out.
“The boys came out guns blazing, we were on the front foot and Stoke couldn’t keep hold of us.”
Pardew's words clearly had an impact as Palace drew level with the Potters within two minutes of the restart, with Dwight Gale grabbing the first of his two goals with a cool finish following some excellent work by Yannick Bolasie.
The home side then snatched all three points when the club's top scorer put away a sublime 25-yard free kick 20 minutes later.
Crystal Palace’s final Premier League fixture is against Southampton next Sunday, before they travel to Wembley for the FA Cup final, where they will face Manchester United.