Crystal Palace boss Pardew commends Chelsea’s champions’ performance

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Alan Pardew was left to commend a ‘champions’ performance’ from Chelsea as the runaway leaders were finally crowned Premier League champions on Sunday.The Eagles were at their stubborn best at Stamford Bridge but were ultimately unable to spoil the hosts’ party, as the Blues recorded a slim 1-0 win.Eden Hazard’s fortunate goal, heading in on the rebound after Julian Speroni saved the PFA Player of the Year’s initial penalty kick, put Chelsea ahead on the stroke of half-time, and the Blues squeezed Palace into submission after the break to see out victory.Jose Mourinho’s side have received criticism for their ‘boring’ play in recent months, but Pardew could only admire the Portuguese coach.“That’s what champions do – they don’t let you back in when they take the lead,” Pardew said.“That’s why they continue to do the job in each game they come to. They’ve had two defeats this year, that says it all.“They’ve obviously done the job. Sometimes fantasy and flair goes out the window to do the job to win.“That’s why this guy [Mourinho] earns the money he earns, because he wins and he wins trophies.”However, Pardew did feel his side were unfortunate with the manner of defeat after a good performance, saying the penalty award – given after Hazard appeared to be tripped in the box – was ‘questionable’ and that his players might have had their own spot-kick when John Terry blocked a rasping shot from Jason Puncheon.“I do feel a little bit hard done by,” the former Newcastle boss added.“I asked the referee at half-time. The referee said it was an ‘absolute definite penalty, Alan. I don’t know what you’re asking for’.“It was a bad piece of luck, really. It was kind of questionable.“Then they get another break when he misses it and it goes straight to him.“We also felt that Punch’s shot is blocked by John Terry’s body and hand. It could’ve been a penalty for that, but it’s not about us today.”last_img read more