Pardew burns Carragher after controversial Benteke penalty seals Liverpool win
By Coral Barry
Alan Pardew has let rip at Jamie Carragher after the pundit declared Christian Benteke’s penalty against the Crystal Palace the right decision.
Liverpool snatched a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park on Sunday after they were awarded a last-gasp spot-kick when Benteke went down under Damien Delaney’s challenge in the box.
The Belgian converted from the spot to give 10-man Liverpool their third consecutive Premier League triumph and Pardew was not happy with Carragher telling Sky Sports after the game that it was a stonewall penalty.
“I’ve heard the comments and I think it’s wrong that Jamie Carragher has said it’s a penalty, in my opinion, because he [Benteke] is looking for it,” Pardew told Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon.
“Our player has pulled out and if the linesman has given it for that knee touching the foot, in the last seconds of the game when he is pulling out of it, then I think that is harsh.
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“There is no-one in the middle, there is nothing going on there. You [Sky Sports] interview him [Carragher] after and I think it’s wrong.”
Pardew was visibly upset with the result when interviewed by BBC Sport and Sky Sports after the game.
Referee Andre Marriner initially seemed to be waving away Liverpool protests before awarding the penalty on the advice of his linesman.
When James Milner was dismissed with almost half and hour left Palace were leading 1-0, but Pardew believes the controversial decision robbed the Eagles.
He continued: “He [Delaney] shouldn’t go to ground and I think he knows it, so he pulls out of it – he literally pulls out of it and it’s the follow-through of his knee that catches him on the bottom of the foot.
“If you give a penalty for that, in the last seconds of the game; blimey, that’s a bit tough.
“He certainly made a big meal of it, in my opinion, if it had been us we wouldn’t have got it.
“We don’t. We’ve had penalties all year with Wilf [Zaha] and not got them.”
The result leaves Palace without a win in 12 league games and eight defeats over that time.