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Despite defeat to Burnley, Sam Allardyce has ensured Crystal Palace remain a club in the ascendancy

Sunday - 30/04/2017 20:53
Palace's loss to Burnley this weekend means that the club cannot relax just yet, but Allardyce's pragmatic start to life at Selhurst Park bodes well for the future

Sam Allardyce was in a magnanimous mood after he watched his Crystal Palace side slip to an unexpected, if not undeserved, 2-0 defeat to relegation rivals Burnley on Saturday evening.

“I think our nerves got shattered when they scored that goal so early,” Allardyce commented. “The Premier League can turn in a second and I don’t think that we recovered until half-time. After that we tried our best but we weren’t good enough.”

Few Premier League managers would have been quite so philosophical after a defeat that left their team placed just six points above the relegation zone, but key to Allardyce’s sense of inner-calm was Palace’s hard-fought 2-1 win over Liverpool just a week earlier.

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