Stoke City 1 Crystal Palace 0: Allen denies improved Eagles

Steve Parish tore into the Palace players in the dressing room after their latest defeat

He nearly created a goal for Joe Allen in the 32 minute when he turned his challenger inside out before whipping in an inch-perfect cross for the Welshman, whose header missed the target. The former England manager admits time is running out for his side to turn performances into points as they've only accrued four points in his tenure.

"Everything is doom and gloom but if we beat Middlesbrough we will be on the same points as them".

Meanwhile, Stoke are heading out to the Middle East next week, and Potters boss Mark Hughes said on the club's website: "We will go away for a few days for some training and hopefully we will be able to get several players back and ready for the game at Tottenham in two weeks' time".

Despite a markedly improved display at the bet365 Stadium, the Eagles left empty handed after Joe Allen's strike sent Stoke into the top half. Allardyce believed his team coped well with the pressure but admitted they weathered the storm in the last ten minutes of the first half which included a superb off the line clearance by Andros Townsend.

"I thought Luka [Milivojevic] looked very comfortable and he is exactly what we need, a holding midfielder who can read the game".

Stoke had an early chance when Peter Crouch headed a long pass into the path of Marko Arnautovic, whose thumping shot from 20 yards was parried aside by Wayne Hennessey. "Palace came here and made life hard for us".

Sam Allardyce's proud boast that he has never managed a team relegated from the Premier League remains on course to be put to the test after another dismal loss for his Crystal Palace team. If we can do that then they will perform better. "It's continued on and I've got to stop it and I've got to stop it quick".



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