Pardew full of praise for Lee

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew heaped praise on Chung-yong Lee after he stepped off the bench to score a stunning winner against Stoke on Saturday.

The South Korea international has struggled to break into the starting line-up for Palace since his arrival from Bolton during the off-season, making just four substitute appearances prior to the trip to the Potteries.

Lee was on the bench again at the Britannia Stadium, but was introduced on 81 minutes for Wilfried Zaha and struck just seven minutes later to secure a 2-1 victory for Pardew's side.

Commenting on his sweet 25-yard strike, Padrew said: "Amazing, wasn't it? I was right behind it. Jordon (Mutch) has a shot that he completely miscues, Damo has a shot and it gets blocked and comes out and the best you can hope for really is Chungy to put it back into the mixer.

"He had other ideas. It was a really great technical goal because his control to hit that side-footed, with that power, against the wind, was amazing. It obviously brought the house down on our bench."

Pardew believes the 27-year-old is unlucky not to have featured more for the Eagles this term as the form of Zaha and Yannick Bolasie have kept him on the fringes.

The 54-year-old added: "He's a great player, he's unfortunate in this team, I brought him to this football club, he would have wanted more opportunities.

"But, with Bolasie and Zaha filling those wide areas, he doesn't get a lot of opportunities. He certainly woke us all up today.

"He can score goals, usually not from as far back as that, more of a taking people on and weaving his way through type of goals.

"I'm delighted for him. He's one of the most popular players in our dressing room. The lads are absolutely delighted for him and the goal will wake all of Asia up tonight."

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