Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew was left aggrieved following his side’s 3-2 defeat to West Brom, and claims referee Jon Moss missed two ‘blatant’ penalties which would have helped the Eagles complete a remarkable comeback at the Hawthorns.
Palace were stunned in the first-half, conceding three goals without reply from Craig Gardner, Craig Dawson and Saido Berahino - largely due to some shocking defending. However, a change in formation and the introduction of Yannick Bolasie rejuvenated the team as they staged a mini-revival. Palace scored twice in the second-half through Connor Wickham, but the former Sunderland forwards' goals were not enough to save Palace from a defeat that condemned them to their tenth winless Premier League.
Pardew felt Dann was 'charged in the back', while Bolasie also had a strong case for a penalty
Pardew told the media after the defeat, “I think there was a blatant penalty in the second-half.” The Eagles’ boss was referring to a push on Scott Dann mid-way through the second-half, and went on the claim that the Palace defender was “about to head it in” as he challenged to get on the end of Jordon Mutch’s corner, but he was “charged in the back.”
Palace had a second penalty appeal soon after when Bolasie was felled by Darren Fletcher but, once again, Moss waved away the complaints - much to the fury of Pardew.
Both incidents occurred with Palace trailing 3-1 and Pardew felt an earlier second goal would have given his side a likelier chance of a dramatic comeback. However, Wickham’s stunning volley with just ten minutes remaining was too late and Palace’s first-half defensive capitulation led to an ultimately deserved defeat.
Palace face a crucial game with Sunderland tomorrow, with both sides lingering dangerously above the dreaded relegation places. The Black Cats have undergone a revival since Sam Allardyce replaced Dick Advocaat as manager earlier in the season, and they have picked up eleven points since the turn of the year – including victories over Bournemouth, Swansea and Manchester United, while also picking up an impressive point at Liverpool.