Published: Tue, December 27, 2016
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

RUMOURS: Allardyce wants Defoe at Crystal Palace

Sam Allardyce says his first task as Crystal Palace boss will be to tighten up a defence that has leaked 32 goals in 17 kPremier League matches this season.

That game sees Sam Allardyce take charge of the visitors for the first time since he was appointed Palace manager on Friday.

And in an interview with Sky Sports, Allardyce has described just how low he felt in the aftermath of his sensational departure from the England job.

Defoe, 34, has hit eight goals in 18 games for Sunderland this season, and particularly thrived under Allardyce last season as Sunderland again managed to stay in the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce has become the first manager to handle a sixth EPL club, following stints with Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, West Ham and Sunderland.

Palace became an expansive, attacking team under Pardew, who was backed in the transfer market by the club's board that is fronted by Parish and has also contained American businessmen David Blitzer and Josh Harris since they became co-owners in December 2015.

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"They've held their Premier League status for a number of years now and there is always a very good atmosphere at the stadium", said Allardyce.

Yohan Cabaye handed Palace the lead before the break with a fine finish before Christian Benteke wasted a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 when he missed a penalty. Watford's, meanwhile, targeted Wilfried Zaha, who they believe has a history of diving against them. I'm more concerned about my team and the overall performance. If you've tried to pinch one, you don't get that angry, do you?

The barrel-chested striker celebrated in robust style as he became the fifth Hornets player to bring up a century of goals.

We've seen managers behaving poorly, players getting sent off, brawls and even fans taking things to an extreme. Zaha got mad and had to be restrained, then Allardyce got mad after the match.

"I like the look of the squad and that's the probably the reason that I'm here, because I feel that the club can go forward from here and hopefully I can help it go forward".

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