Sam Allardyce has rejected the idea that Crystal Palace’s players were not prepared tactically for the trip to Manchester City last weekend.
Martin Kelly had said that Palace’s players hadn’t worked enough on playing a back three with Jeffrey Schlupp, Kelly and Joel Ward as central defenders.
Palace lost 5-0 and conceded after less than two minutes, but Allardyce has rubbished the idea that his system was to blame.
“It wasn’t about the system, it was about the fact we were rubbish,” Allardyce said.
“That says it all. Systems are only as good as the players that play within the system.
“Systems are meant to suit the players and the team and we’ve played with a back three many times and been successful.
“On our winning streak, we played with a back three going into the final 15 minutes of many games to ensure we won.
“It was just a poor performance on Saturday, not the system.”
Sam Allardyce on Mamadou Sakho: "I don't think [he’ll be fit]. It won't be long enough to think he'll be fit for Old Trafford." pic.twitter.com/3oFRb7NI7v
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