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Alan Pardew criticises 'prehistoric' Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce gestures with his face during the Premier League match between Southampton and Sunderland at St Mary's Stadium on March 5, 2016
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Sam Allardyce's comments suggesting that Crystal Palace would not be mentally ready to face Newcastle United were wide of the mark, according to Eagles boss Alan Pardew.

Alan Pardew has described recent comments made by Sam Allardyce as "prehistoric" after the Sunderland boss accused Crystal Palace of potentially taking their eye off the ball in the Premier League.

The 61-year-old claimed that the Eagles' players would not be mentally ready for Saturday afternoon's meeting with Newcastle United, less than a week on from their FA Cup semi-final win over Watford.

Allardyce also suggested that certain members of Palace's squad would have been "on the pop" following their Wembley success, but Pardew - having seen his side fall to a 1-0 defeat at St James' Park - has defended his players.

"They're prehistoric comments," he is quoted as saying by Chronicle Live. "Three or four of my players don't drink. Perhaps he meant Coca-Cola."

Palace assistant Keith Millen also responded to the comments, adding: "We made it a really tough game for Newcastle, who are fighting for their lives. Sam can say what he likes about us, but we know we are very professional in what we do."

Allardyce's Sunderland side rescued a 1-1 draw in their meeting with Stoke City elsewhere on Saturday afternoon to keep their own survival hopes alive.

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