Crystal Palace hang on for goalless draw after Bolton’s Josh Vela hits bar

07 January 2017 05:07
Sam Allardyce remains the only England manager in history with a 100% win rate but the bare fact is that he still has not tasted victory since Adam Lallana pilfered three points in Slovakia in September. He has gone from one extreme to the other, albeit in brief spells. Even a return to Bolton, a rare place where he is greeted sympathetically, and a meeting with a team two divisions down the league ladder could not yield either an elusive first triumph as Crystal Palace manager or a sense of satisfaction.“I was frustrated by the way we played in the second half,” Allardyce said after an awkward afternoon almost ended in defeat. Josh Vela rattled the Palace woodwork and James Henry threatened as Bolton scarcely looked a team 29 positions below Palace. “We maybe had a bit of luck but we haven’t had a clean sheet for a long time. At least we got that,” said Allardyce. Indeed, Palace’s defence has been so porous that the last opponents they prevented from scoring on the road were Philadelphia Union, six months ago. Related: Ince hits winner as Derby County fight back to shock West Bromwich Albion Related: Hull City give Marco Silva perfect start with victory over Swansea City Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian


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