Leading by a goal and playing against a Liverpool side down to ten men, it looked like Crystal Palace were in line to win their first league game since December.
However, a mistake from the goalkeeper gave Liverpool an equalizer before the Reds won the match on a penalty kick from Christian Benteke deep into stoppage time.
[ RECAP: Palace 1-2 Liverpool ]
Benteke went down in the box after a sliding challenge from Damien Delaney and it looked as if referee Andre Marriner was prepared to let play go on. But after a quick glance to his linesman, Marriner signaled for a penalty, which Benteke cooly finished to extend Palace’s winless run to 12 in the league.
Speaking after the match, a visibly upset Alan Pardew said he did not agree with the penalty decision, claiming Delaney pulled out of the challenge and should not have been punished.
I feel like we’ve been robbed a little bit but again maybe we shot ourselves in the foot a bit. When we went down to 10 men maybe we should have pushed on a little bit.
[Benteke] is looking for it. Our player is pulling out of it. If the linesman gives it for the touch of the knee in the last minute I think it is harsh. Damien Delaney literally pulls out of it and the follow through of his knee gets it. Blimey, that’s tough.
You’ve got to be 100% sure. In super slow motion the knee touches the foot and he goes over like he’s been shot. In the last second of the game, are you going to give a penalty then?
While Pardew admits that Delaney made contact with Benteke, he also accuses the striker of going down too easily. If the same play took place for Palace, Pardew thinks a penalty would not have been given.
As angry as he may be, the Eagles’ boss must put this match behind him and look forward to Palace’s upcoming fixtures. Without a win in the league since before Christmas, Palace must continue to push on in the FA Cup with a sixth-round fixture at Reading on Friday.