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Published: Mon, September 26, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Sunderland could feel the heat against Palace - Pardew

Sunderland could feel the heat against Palace - Pardew

Christian Benteke is intent on paying back Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew and chairman Steve Parish in the only way he knows how.

Palace nearly responded before the break but Damien Delaney failed to sufficiently direct Benteke's header back towards the goal, while Andros Townsend's free-kick dipped wide.

The former England global went close on two further occasions, once shortly before he scored his second goal and then again with the score at 2-1, and he remains one of the most effective finishers in the Premier League.

It was one of those moments, yes Pardew is an irritant who along with Mike Ashley left lasting problems for Rafa Benitez BUT when it comes down to it, misery for the Mackems is where the fun is really at!

Defoe's goalscoring capabilities were the key reason why Sunderland survived in the top-flight last season, and the former England global will once again be absolutely crucial to his side's hopes of hauling themselves out of the bottom three. We've got goals in us now with the likes of Christian and Andros Townsend. After seeing his team make it six points from trips to Teesside and Wearside, he added: "The margin between us and the top teams is not that great".

Moyes watched his side go 2-0 up by the hour mark at the Stadium of Light, looking on course for their first win of the season.

"Last year we came here and I thought we deserved to win but [Fabio] Borini smashes one in at the end (to ensure a 2-2 draw) so it was kind of rough justice for us today. It was a great win for us and I'm chuffed".

But Joe Ledley's deflected shot pulled a goal back within a minute before James McArthur levelled up matters in the 76th minute. We need to defend better and our worst defensive performances are coming at home.

He said: "I didn't think we had played well enough to be 2-0, I have got to say, but I was taking it all day, I was saying, "great, we have got it".

"That's why we changed the squad, me and the chairman".

"He's trying to find a new club, trying to find his way, and it takes time, and the pressure heaped on managers when they haven't got a win is becoming bigger and more intense every season".

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