Pardew on ways SA footballers can improve

Pardew on ways SA footballers can improve
Alan Pardew, manager of Crystal Palace chats to media after the 2015 Cape Town Cup Final between Sporting Lisbon and Crystal Palace at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 26 July 2015 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday Jul 27, 2015. 10:07

Crystal Palace head coach Alan Pardew shared his views on how South African players can improve following his side's 4-0 thrashing of SuperSport United on Friday.

The Eagles were in Cape Town at the weekend where they participated in the inaugural Cape Town Cup tournament, finishing as runners-up to Sporting Club de Portugal.

In the first semi-final against Matsatsantsa, Palace ran riot in the opening 45 before SuperSport settled in the second.

“We’ve been made to feel very welcome in the city and I think that reflected in our play today,” Pardew is quoted is saying on the club's website on Friday.

“The standard of the opposition was probably below where they wanted to be in the first half, but in the second they did well and should have scored at least one goal.

“They were the better side in the second half and they can take some confidence from that. They made it much more difficult for us and it became a much more even affair.

“I think the athleticism of South African players is there, as well as the physical side of the game, but the technical and tactical areas are what they need to improve on.

"But in the second half I felt the coach did a good job because 4-0 down at half-time is tough going, but he got his team in a good place so he needs a pat on the back for what they did against a Premier League team.

“We have players with experience of different levels and that’s going to show. When you’re in big games you know how to cope with the opposition and that’s where the step for SuperSport is next," Pardew concluded.

SuperSport and Ajax Cape Town shared the bronze medal after their third place play-off finished in a 1-1 stalemate.