After today’s loss to Stoke, Sam Allardyce said he was ‘disappointed for the lads’ as he thought the team deserved to at least draw the game. He also said that they had many moments in the game when they were in control and none more so than when Stoke scored.

Stoke City did play well for parts of the game but Allardyce thought Palace’s performance should have merited more: ‘They scored their only shot on target in the second half. It’s a 1-0 defeat again and not the point that we deserve at least.’

“We have to keep battling on and believing. These are an honest bunch of players. Last week was a fluke, we conceded three goals in three minutes.

“Today the overall performance was there but the result wasn’t. It’s a results business and we need them fast.

“It’s not been the results I expected. I thought it would have been easier for me to get the players to understand certain things. We all need to take more responsibility but we have to keep our chins up and graft away.”

Allardyce also went on to comment about how the new signings have a big part to play in our survival this season:

Alfonso Greenbook is the host of the e-Crystal Palace podcast, a weekly podcast reviewing Palace games on YouTubeiTunes and acast.