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Pardew Calls For Rule Change After Clattenberg’s Performance

Alan Pardew has called for the system which sees the referee given the task of totting up the amount of additional time played at the end of each half to be changed in the wake of Crystal Palace’s defeat at home to Hull City.

Whilst pulling no punches about his own team’s performance against Steve Bruce’s men, Pardew was adamant that there had been nowhere near enough time added on at the end of Saturday’s game, after what he felt was persistent and lengthily time-wasting by the visiting players.

Although quick to highlight that he too had employed similar tactics during games in the past, the Eagles boss called upon those in power to reexamine the method for allocating the time allowed at the end of each half, with referees having more than enough to deal with already.

“I hope Mark sits down at some point and looks at that second half, and times the substitutions coming off the pitch.

“I hope he times how long one free-kick took when they made eight different decisions on how to take it.

“It’s understandable for them, and I’ve got no problem with that, but give us the time, and he didn’t. And that is my big problem.

“I think there is a case, and I think it’s been debated before, that timekeeping comes away from the referee.

“Someone gives us the time, and we know exactly what it is, whatever that is, we play it.”

Pardew’s gripes with timekeeping are nothing new, with his frustration spilling out when Neil Warnock’s Palace side fought their way to a 3-3 draw with Newcastle at St James’ Park earlier in the season, but it’s hard to argue with his logic, given the frequent nature of time-wasting throughout the Premier League.

For referees, it is an issue that is almost impossible to police effectively, thanks to the wide variety of responsibilities they already contend with, with the game arguably being far better served by employing the help of the fourth official in the pursuit of accurate timekeeping,

Whether or not Pardew’s grievances will be listened to remains in the lap of the gods, but on the face of it, his logic is hard to argue against.

Puncheon Gives An Insight Into Alan Pardew’s Tactical Approach

For Jason Puncheon, the arrival of Alan Pardew in the Crystal Palace dugout has signalled the start of something good, with the mutual respect between the two going back well before either were brought together in SE25.

Way back in 2010, the midfielder’s career was at something of a crossroads. Unhappy at Plymouth and on loan with MK Dons for the third time in just two years, he supposedly bumped into the then Southampton boss in a motorway service station, with the chance encounter prompting Pardew to sign him for the Saints.

Almost immediately, his career looked to be placed on an upward curve, with the four years he spent at St Mary’s relaunching him into the collective consciousness of the onlooking football fraternity.

Signed initially by Ian Holloway on a one year loan deal, Puncheon saw the move made permanent in January of 2014, with the then manager Tony Pulis placing a huge deal of importance on his role within the team in an attacking sense.

Following a turbulent summer which saw Pulis walk away from the club, Puncheon was forced to endure a few months under the guidance of Neil Warnock, whose public spat with him thanks to an ill-judged TalkSPORT interview made their relationship frosty to say the least.

Now though, with Pardew in the hot seat, Puncheon seems content once more, telling Goals On Sunday that the new boss has got everyone in the squad firing on all cylinders after a spell of real uncertainty prior to his arrival.

I think he [Pardew] has just improved the belief in individuals, getting the most of out of people. You see Wilfried [Zaha] – he’s up and down the pitch, getting back.

“Yala [Bolasie] is doing really well, and somebody like Glenn [Murray], he didn’t have an opportunity at the start of the season but he’s come in and he’s done well.

“We work on a lot of the things we do in the game, in training. He takes away all the attackers and they go and do separate things to the defenders, and it is working.”

In a side that relies heavily on a collective spirit and a sense of tactical cohesion, Pardew appears to have retained a level of togetherness, whilst also managing to encourage a more free-flowing style of play, in a way that Ian Holloway tried and failed to cultivate.

Although back to back home defeats have been far from pleasant viewing, there appears to be a genuine belief that our struggles are nothing more than a minor bump in the road, with Pardew’s overall ethos set to see us lush on towards better things in years to come.

For Puncheon, things have seldom been better.

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