Alan Pardew laments injury crisis after Chelsea defeat but dismisses need to spend

first_imgAlan Pardew has lamented his side’s performance in Crystal Palace’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, bemoaning the number of key players missing for their below-par display at Selhurst Park.The Eagles were without Yohane Cabaye, through suspension, while Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham missed the clash through injury, and Pardew believes their absence was imperative in the Blues sealing their first away win since August, and their first victory under interim boss Guus Hiddink.The Palace manager said: “I think the first goal was essential today, to both sides. We hadn’t scored for two games, we had a couple of half chances, probably bossed that period, probably our best period of the game.“How are we going to get two goals? There lay the story of the next period of the game, sixty minutes or so.“They play like Chelsea can play; we play below par.“One of the reasons we played below par was because, I think, we had so many key players missing today, and I just think we forced the game, trying to do things, trying to put passes inside of full backs – which is not really our game.“Not playing our wide players to feet, trying to put them in behind – all sorts of things we did wrong today.”Pardew, however, dismissed the idea that his side’s current injury problems indicates a need to be active in the January transfer window in order to sustain their impressive start to the season.“I think that’s a little bit harsh, in terms to say that we need to invest,” the 54-year-old said.“I think if I had everyone available, or even half of my defensive team available, we’d be ok.”Pardew also stated that, even with a fully fit squad, this afternoon’s fixture would have been difficult, with Chelsea’s big-name players performing to the standard expected of their sizeable price-tags.“We had too many missing today, and even with all our players fit and well today, this still would have been a tough game.“Chelsea were at it today – their big players turned up and, therefore, it’s always going to be difficult.“You’re talking about players that have cost £30, £40million – there’s a reason for that (fee); they’re top, top quality players and they all turned up today.”last_img

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