11 Sep 2015
LG PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: PARDEW'S PALACE SHOCK THE CHAMPIONS AT HOME
The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Crystal Palace following their excellent 2-1 victory against Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 29th August 2015.
The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.
Crystal Palace manager, Alan Pardew, will receive a specially commissioned trophy made by world renowned silversmiths and LMA Partner, Thomas Lyte of London, in a presentation to commemorate the award.
Summer signing, Bakary Sako, opened the scoring; having reacted first to a loose ball after his initial shot had been blocked.
Chelsea responded by introducing Falcao from the bench and it was his header which levelled the scores, as he latched onto a cross from Pedro.
However, before Chelsea could complete their comeback, Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward found himself on the end of a Sako cross to restore Palace’s lead and secure the 3 points, a result which lifted them into 2nd in the Premier League.
On his team’s performance, Pardew said: “It’s nice to win here, very difficult, but it was the manner of the way we won that was really encouraging because we were composed in possession, we had our share of the game and on the break, the chances we created were of the highest order. Two goals didn’t flatter us at all.”