Alan Pardew: James McArthur dive an embarrassment

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says his own player James McArthur should be “embarrassed” by his dive during Saturday’s win over Stoke City.

Pardew’s side secured a 2-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium to continue their excellent run of form under the new manager, but the performance was spoiled by a dive from McArthur.

The midfielder was rightly cautioned by referee Andre Marriner for simulation after going down inside the Stoke penalty area during the game as he tried to win Palace a spot-kick.

It left Pardew fuming with his player, who he says will feel humiliated after seeing a replay.

“He dived. He should be embarrassed. He’s a great professional and that’s unlike him,” said Pardew.

“We keep moaning about diving but it grates on me. I was surprised but it shows what pressure does to players.

“I haven’t spoken to him about but I don’t need to. He will see the replay and he will be embarrassed.”

Crystal Palace were in the relegation zone when Pardew took charge from Neil Warnock in January but a run of six wins in 10 games has lifted the club up to 11th in the table on 36 points – their best tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign in 23 years.

Palace will be chasing a third straight win in the Premier League when they take on Manchester City in their next outing and are priced at 4.87 to claim all three points against the reigning champions.

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