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Published: 12:14 | 18/12/15

We're exciting, says Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew was delighted with his side’s performance after the beat Southampton to move sixth in the Premier League.

Palace played some sensational attacking football as they poured forward at every opportunity and Pardew was left feeling very impressed with the intent shown by his side.

"We're exciting, we go forward, we commit players forward," said the Eagles boss.

"First half, we were the better team and maybe we should have had two goals. The second half we started well, we didn't score and then had to work hard.

“Our spirit was great and we saw a midfield masterclass from Yohan Cabaye.”

Pardew also had special praise for goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who produced two world class saves to deny Shane Long and secure the points for his side.

"Our goalie Wayne Hennessey made two world-class saves today - the one at the end was the most important. That was the only mistake we made in the whole game."

Ronald Koeman, on the other hand, admitted that he was disappointed with the defeat, but not with his side’s performance as they slipped to their fourth defeat in five games.

"Of course I'm disappointed about the final result, but I'm not disappointed about the performance of the team," says Koeman.

"The start was difficult and the wind was difficult to play our football. Maybe Palace had an advantage because they, in my opinion, play more direct than us. The second half we were the better team and had the better chances.

"If Shane Long had scored at the end that was 1-1 and that would have been deserved result today. If we weren't creating chances then I'd be very worried."

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