Boss takes the point

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew felt his side deserved to take all three points after Sunderland snatched a late equaliser last night.

Crystal Palace: Boss takes the pointCrystal Palace: Boss takes the point

The Eagles were leading 2-1 heading into the last minute thanks to a brace of goals from Connor Wickham, only for Fabio Borini to score a wonder goal for the Black Cats.

Pardew believes a win would have been fully deserved but accepts a point away from home cannot be sniffed at.

“Overall, really it was a game we deserved to win, but I think on reflection in the morning, a draw isn’t a bad result,” he said.

Pardew’s disappointment at his side’s failure to hang on was tempered by £9million summer signing Wickham’s contribution on a night when he took his tally to five goals for the season and four in two games.

“Connor will score goals as a number nine, I’ve always thought that,” he added. “He’s been a bit unlucky because he was in a great spell and he got injured and then got suspended, so he’s had a fragmented season.

“But he’s come back and he looks sharp. The first goal was a terrific goal that was worthy of any Premier League game. I didn’t think we played very well in the first half, but in the second half, we were terrific. It was a game that we perhaps should have won, but we have to take a point and move on.”

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