Sam Allardyce will be giving Crystal Palace fans a few extra grey hairs after his post match comments following their 2-0 home defeat to Swansea City.

 

​According to ESPN, the recently sacked England manager admitted on Tuesday night that the Palace job is proving to be "a bigger challenge, after three games, than I expected." 

Allardyce - who has never been relegated with any of the five Premier League sides he has managed, has had a tricky start to life at Selhurst Park, registering just one point in his opening three games.

 

The poor start from Allardyce leaves the Eagles fluttering just one point above the relegation zone. 

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Yet the 62-year-old was quick to shield his players from the blame following their defeat to fellow relegation candidates Swansea, instead choosing to surprisingly hold himself, and a little less surprisingly the referee accountable.

 

When asked why his side lost, Allardyce responded: "Fatigue. Not having enough recovery time compared to Swansea," as the Eagles only had two days rest after the Arsenal match.

 

"That performance in the first half just wasn't good enough. I have to take a bit of responsibility - picking almost the same team was the wrong thing for me to do."

The former Bolton and Blackburn boss also believed his side should have had a penalty on two separate occasions.

 

"The referee blatantly allows the goalkeeper to stay on the pitch and doesn't give us a penalty, so the referee's to blame, but we can't control the referee," Allardyce said regarding a first half incident when Palace striker Christian Benteke appeared to be taken down by Swans' keeper

Lukasz Fabianski.  

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He also felt Palace could have had a second half penalty for a debatable handball by Swansea defender Angel Rangel.

 

"Then we had another really poor decision on the handball from the referee, in the box. It's been a very, very difficult night for us all," he claimed. 

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Alarmingly for Palace fans, their side have won only four league games this season and only Swansea and Hull have conceded more goals.

 

Eagles fans can at least put aside their league worries for one weekend as Palace travel to Allardyce's old stomping ground Bolton, for an FA third round tie on Saturday before playing another one of 'Big Sam's' old sides, West Ham the following week.