Pardew hails Palace signings after Everton draw

Alan Pardew believes Crystal Palace’s summer signings have been instrumental in their start to the season after claiming a point at Everton.

Palace extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, with ex-Liverpool frontman Christian Benteke cancelling out fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku’s opener with a towering header.

Pardew splashed out more than £50million during the transfer window, but the Palace boss believes that has been money well spent in improving the Eagles squad after the fight-back on Merseyside.

"I'm very pleased because the business we've done looks like it's going to pay dividends," said Pardew.

"The new players have made a big difference to our outlook, our confidence and to the way we can play. And that confidence is beginning to seep through.

“We wouldn't lay down and second half – we just changed things a little bit at half-time – we got the impetus and I thought we really did well second half and probably deserved to win it as an away team."

Palace were controversially denied a winner when James McArthur was adjudged to have interfered with play from an offside position, despite not making contact with Damian Delaney’s header.

“He (the assistant referee) thought Damian was offside," Pardew said. 

"I know you guys are indicating that you think it was Macca (James McArthur) who was the one who goes across the line of the ball, so I think we can feel a bit hard done by with that, because if that's what his call was, he got it wrong.

"They make mistakes and we have to accept that. I thought our general play though probably deserved that goal."