Alan Pardew said his Crystal Palace side had given away “five bad goals” during their incredible 5-4 defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
The Eagles came off worst in a stunning nine-goal thriller in south Wales, despite having seemingly stolen the points with goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke in the final ten minutes.
Those strikes helped the Londoners turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead but they were to be undone by a brace from Fernando Llorente in stoppage time.
The defeat means Crystal Palace have lost six Premier League games on the bounce for the first time in three years.
Pardew is under increasing pressure to keep his job, with his side having earned 22 points from 32 matches in 2016 – the fewest of any team in the top four divisions in England.
He felt they had come off slightly worse than Swansea in a game of poor standards defensively. “I thought Swansea did well and we were hanging on and then the game went into a period of madness of goals.
Bad goals for them and bad goals for us. In the end, five bad goals for us and four for them,” said Pardew.
“I’m very disappointed the way we defended, particularly the last two goals when we got ourselves in front.”
The alarming run of defeats means Crystal Palace are slipping ever nearer to the relegation zone. They remain outside of the bottom three on goal difference alone with just 11 points from 13 games this term.
They welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park next weekend with Pardew now in desperate need of a positive result.
Palace are 3.10 to win that game, with Saints priced at 2.30 and the draw 3.20.