Pardew: Murray taught City a lesson in Monday night’s 2-1 win

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes man-of-the-match Glenn Murray taught Manchester City a lesson, with his impressive individual performance in the Eagles’ 2-1 win at Selhurst Park, reports Sky Sports.

Murray scored the opening goal for the Eagles, but it was his tireless performance in attack on his own that drew the raise his way. The experienced forward was the most fouled player on the pitch, and won 10 aerial duels over the 90 minutes. Despite having Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis for company, who are intimidating defenders at the best of times, Murray proved to be a thorn in their side all game.

He received a standing ovation following his late substitution, and his man-of-the-match award was more than deserved. After the game, his manager was full of praise for the striker, and believes he should have been playing Premier League football a lot earlier in his career. Pardew added how Murray carried out the pre-match instructions perfectly, which paved the way for the Eagles to win.

The result sees Palace close to a top-half place, which many would have thought was impossible earlier into the season, and the manager has thanked Murray for Monday night’s showing in particular.

“I thought he gave us an exceptional performance. Forget about his goal – he gave a lesson in how to play the No 9. This is a guy who should have been in the Premier League years ago, so (I’m really) pleased for him that he’s getting the reward for the quality that he has,” he said.

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