Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Hits out at 'Dive' as Benteke Late Penalty Sinks Palace

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Hits out at 'Dive' as Benteke Late Penalty Sinks Palace

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CRYSTAL PALACE 1 LIVERPOOL 2 ALAN Pardew criticised Christian Benteke in the belief the striker dived to earn the penalty that secured Liverpool's 10 men a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Benteke went to ground, with the ball going out of play, after minimal contact with Palace's Damien Delaney in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to earn the penalty from which he calmly scored Liverpool's winning goal.

After referee Andre Marriner hesitated when substitute Benteke fell, linesman Scott Ledger waved for a penalty, and sealed Liverpool's recovery from a goal and a man down to strengthen their pursuit of a top-four finish and extend Palace's winless run to 12 Premier League games.

"That touch doesn't warrant the dive he makes, and it's the dive that makes the linesman's mind up. It's a worrying issue in the game," said Pardew.

"I've heard Jamie Carragher saying there was contact and he was within his rights to go down. He's an ex-pro. Come on.

"Both of them (Benteke and the referee): really frustrated with that. You try to be fair, to say the right thing to your players, and send out the right message to the players.

"Everyone's seen the penalty. If you're the referee and see the centrehalf pulling out of the challenge, you don't give the penalty. And I don't think he did.

"The linesman assumes that little touch is a penalty. He makes the most of it. If you think that touch affects the fall and the way he lands, then you really need to be consulted.

"That touch doesn't warrant that dive. If that touch warrants a collapse like that, then wow, we really need to say: 'Come on'."

Palace, 15th in the table, are the only team yet to win in the Premier League in 2016 but looked set to do so after Joe Ledley's powerful 48th-minute finish had given them the lead and a second yellow card resulted in James Milner's sending off.

Their goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, surprisingly selected ahead of Julian Speroni in the absence of injured Wayne Hennessey, inexplicably slipped during a routine clearance to gift possession to Roberto Firmino. …

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