Alan Pardew is certainly a man of contradictions.
“I could easily say to my players that if anyone gets touched in the box go down. I could easily say that but I don’t want to say that. Try to win as fairly as we can,” said Pardew.
That was before the FA Cup quarter-final away at Reading, in reference to the injury-time penalty that Christian Benteke earned and then scored two weekends ago to win Liverpool the match, leaving Pardew furious.
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But after Friday night’s late drama at the Madejski Stadium:
"I haven't seen the penalty again and I am not going to even give it an opinion,” he said after Yannick Bolasie earned a similarly dubious penalty on the 85th minute, which Yohan Cabaye subsequently scored to put Palace 1-0 up.
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With the Royals down to ten men due to the resultant sending-off, The Eagles went on to win 2-0 and reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in 21 years.
Indeed, this has been a season of contradictions for Palace as a great first half of the campaign saw them sitting in the fifth place Europa League spot and knocking on the door of the top four. That run included a 2-1 win at Chelsea and a victory over Liverpool at Anfield by a similar scoreline.
However, since the turn of the year the Eagles haven't won once in the Premier League, but of course remain unbeaten in the FA Cup boasting away wins at Spurs, Southampton and now Reading.
He may still be despised on Tyneside despite Newcastle’s continued turmoil but Pardew is happy to concede that he faces a relegation fight of his own.
Having openly coveted the England job he seems to have taken his eye off the ball as Palace have nose-dived in a similar way to Tottenham when Harry Redknapp was being touted as the next England manager.
The 54-year-old said late last year: “Let me have one tournament - win, lose or bust. And my money ends when that ends. I'd be happy with that.”
Maybe Pardew should stick to the day job because whether he gets the England role after Euro 2016 remains to be seen, but as a result of the recent slump he is no longer the highest-placed English manager in the Premier League.
That accolade goes to Eddie Howe.
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