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Pardew questions Marriner assignment

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes that referee Andre Marriner shouldn’t have been calling the game on Saturday against Liverpool at Selhurst Park after the controversial fixture between the sides last season with Marriner in charge.

Marriner gave Liverpool a contentious penalty kick in that meeting, and Pardew is questioning why Mike Riley, manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, for letting Marriner ref the game on Saturday, which ended in a 4-2 win for Liverpool.

“Why was Mike Riley giving him the game today? I can’t understand it,” Pardew said.

“I don’t think Andre Marriner should have reffed this game. He gives the pen last year so we’ve got a negative in our mind anyway.”

Liverpool grabbed the win after a thrilling game that saw five goals scored in the first half as the Reds held a 3-2 lead at the break. Pardew admitted that Palace needs to work on some defensive issues.

“It was a bit too open for us against a side as good as they were. They kept wriggling out of situations with some brilliant technical play at times but we didn’t start as I would have liked,” Pardew said.

“We didn’t have enough pressure at the top of the pitch and their two centre-halves had too much time, and then we were defending in the last third where they’re as good as anyone.

“It was a very difficult half for us but to concede two set plays is unusual for us, and that’s something we need to address.

Palace sits in 12th place with 11 points after 10 matches. They will take on Burnley at Turf Moor next weekend before the international break.

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