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Barry Bannan: Palace didn't want to give anything to Dover

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CRYSTAL Palace midfielder Barry Bannan says he and his team-mates were given a boost by Alan Pardew's arrival ahead of Sunday's FA Cup win at Dover Athletic.

The Eagles bossed the contest throughout, coming away with a 4-0 win – and Dover failed to have a shot on target in 90 minutes.

Bannan admitted Palace didn't want to let Dover have a sniff after seeing the likes of Blyth Spartans and Southport go close against Birmingham City and Derby County on Saturday.

"It was a case of getting the job done, everything went to plan," he told the Advertiser.

"We had an early gameplan of pressing them up high. Sometimes teams see a glimmer of hope.

"But we nipped that in the bud straight away with an early goal which was brilliant and then it was a professional performance from everyone.

"We scored the goals at the right times. We were just really professional and I don't think you can say too much about Dover.

"Sometimes you give teams an early incentive but we took the game to them right from the off.

"Obviously with a new manager coming in for us, it gave us a kickstart and a good boost.

"We saw that from everyone. Dover probably gave their all but we showed we were the Premier League team."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Barry Bannan: Palace didn't want to give anything to Dover


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