Fresh from seeing his side go down 1-0 to relegation-threatened Newcastle United on Saturday, Eagles’ boss Alan Pardew hit back over remarks made by Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, who had claimed Crystal Palace wouldn’t be “mentally ready” to face the Magpies after their FA Cup semi-final victory against Watford.
With Sunderland locked in a tight relegation battle with Newcastle, Allardyce had also sneered that the Eagles’ players would be “on the pop” ahead of their clash with the Magpies.
After the game, which saw Andros Townsend score the winner for Rafa Benitez’s side and Yohan Cabaye miss a penalty for Palace, Pardew responsed to the Allardyce jibes, saying:
They’re prehistoric comments.
Three or four of my players don’t drink. Perhaps he meant Coca-Cola.
Eagles’ assistant boss Keith Millen also responded to Allardyce’s comments, saying:
We made it a really tough game for Newcastle, who are fighting for their lives.
Sam can say what he likes about us, but we know we are very professional in what we do.
The win for Newcastle on Saturday moves them out of the bottom three, a point above the Black Cats and two ahead of Norwich.
As for Allardyce, it’s not the first time he’s irked a fellow top-flight boss.