Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce: Jan signings will prove worth

  • Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce: Jan signings will prove worth

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce: Jan signings will prove worth

Egypt's Ramadan Sobhi dished out an assist to help Stoke City claim a narrow 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

They are two points adrift of 17th-placed Swansea and 16th-placed Leicester, whose game in hand comes when they face each other at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The ex-Liverpool man again proved to be one of Stoke's most important players this season with a low drive that piled more misery on Sam Allardyce's side. "I've got to stop that as quickly as possible".

"It is a long time the club has been in this position, and obviously I was aware of that", he said.

After losing the England job in disgrace in September, Big Sam returned to the Premier League tasked with steering Crystal Palace clear of relegation. "Everyone in the squad has more belief, we're working harder in training and we are trying to do the right things".

With all four new signings available to him for the first time, Allardyce only made two changes to the starting XI that were humiliated by Sunderland.

In an extremely tight match, they found the victor through midfielder Joe Allen.

Whether the English forward partners or replaces Peter Crouch up front remains to be seen, but Stoke manager Mark Hughes could certainly use a reliable goal scoring threat.

However, he does hope Saturday's goal - which proved to be the victor at the bet365 Stadium - starts another goalscoring run after he hit four in three successive games back in October.

"They are all down and very disappointed".

"It wasn't the greatest game in the world to be honest, and we played a lot better in recent weeks, but there was a lot of qualities to our play today that I was really pleased with".