Alan Pardew is under no false impressions that his Crystal Palace side turned in a performance to remember in defeating Manchester City, 2-1, at Selhurst Park on Monday, but the first-year Eagles boss remains pleased nonetheless with the way his team “earned [their] luck.”
Speaking in his post-game television interview (above interview), Pardew revealed why Palace managed to hold on for the victory despite Man City holding nearly 75 percent of the game’s possession:
“I think the game had a slightly warped feel to it because we got the first goal, and Man City’s pressure was going to keep coming until they got the equalizer, but it never arrived. … We had some really, really scary moments … and a little bit of luck. … We did a lot of good things to earn our luck.
“We’ve had three wins in a row now — QPR here, Stoke away which is never easy, and Man City — big games to win, nine points from those games and that’s what we’ll lean on going into the next three.”
Pardew’s side is now just three points off the pace of Stoke City, who currently occupy the 10th and final place in the league’s top half. After coming into a relegation fight at mid-season, finish in or near the top half would be some accomplishment.