Liverpool snatched an unlikely victory at Selhurst Park this weekend when they came back from a goal down and a man sent off to seal all three points in dramatic fashion. A penalty with the last kick of the ball in the game gave the Reds a crucial victory as they look to finish the season in style.
Pardew on the other hand has lost 5 consecutive home games and needs to change something to be back in the mix at the top half of the table. Here are 5 talking points from this game:
- Liverpool creates history:
It is not always that you see a team down to 10 men end up winning the game but Liverpool defied the odds and came back from 1-0 in the second half to take all three points from the Selhurst Park. The club has not won a game when down to 10 men and will be more than just happy with the character and attitude shown by most of the players on the field.
- Obvious controversy:
Deep into the stoppage time at Selhurst Park, Delaney who had a solid game till then plunged in towards Benteke in the penalty area which saw the big Belgian fall to the ground. The referee had a good look at it and decided that it was a foul and awarded a penalty to the visitors. Benteke slotted home without any fuzz but the decision to give the penalty became debatable when replays showed that the contact on the striker was minimum. Surely it will give way to a controversy for the rest of the week.
- Liverpool showed ‘character’:
Though it is a phase used by the previous manager, Liverpool showed plenty of class and character in the last third of the game. They looked smart and quick with their passing and looked better side after they were down to 10-men. It will be a huge confidence booster for the club going into the business end of the season and can easily move up the table with consistent results like this.
- Three in three for Liverpool:
Liverpool have now won the last three games in the league scoring 11 goals and conceding just the 1 by Ledley this game. This is a the best run of form for the club this season and they will have to build some momentum from this game and help themselves to a better finish than where they are at the moment. Surely a consistent run of results can also see them challenge for a top 4 spot that is just 6 points away from the Reds.
- Pardew needs some inspiration:
Liverpool handed Crystal Palace their 5th consecutive home defeat and their 10th in the last 12 games. They are safe in the top flight next season thanks to a good start to this season but they will have to stop losing games and show some fight if they are to prove to themselves that they belong at the highest level. It will be frustrating for the manager to see his team drop loads of points and it will be interesting to see what he does before the next game.