After Crystal Palace thrashed Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light this weekend to boost their chances of a top-half finish, while extending their incredible run of the Premier League, manager Alan Pardew said his Eagles side played like Brazil, reports Sky
Crystal Palace scored four second-half goals, with winger Yannick Bolasie bagging himself a Premier League hat-trick, which has continued their push for a top-10 finish this season. The Eagles have been outstanding since Pardew took over the club, with the players perfectly carrying out his philosophy to attack and express themselves on the pitch.
When the ex-Newcastle manager joined his former playing club in January, few could have seen Palace in 11th place as they find themselves, and the head coach was delighted with the performance of his players. All four goals from the visitors may have come between the start of the second-half and the 62nd minute – a 15-minute period where Sunderland completely collapsed – but the away team were dominant after an insipid first-half from both sides.
Palace had plenty of chances after the break until the end of the match, and Alan Pardew remarked that it reminded him of watching Brazil. He said: “Everything went well today and our fans singing ‘it’s just like watching Brazil’ – it was at times. We were really, really great second half. It is a marvellous win, emphatic really and the scoreline doesn’t do it justice if I’m honest. We had so many chances second half.”
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