Pardew queries Chelsea penalty

Eden Hazard earned a first-half spot-kick after drawing a foul from James McArthur in the box but hit his effort tamely at Palace keeper Julian Speroni, before heading home the spinning rebound.

Pardew felt the penalty award was “questionable” and that his players might??have had their own spot-kick when John Terry blocked a Jason Puncheon shot – but he did admit Chelsea had shown their credentials as champions.

“I do feel a little bit hard done by,” Pardew said.

“I asked the referee at half-time. The referee said it was an ‘absolute??definite penalty, Alan. I don’t know what you’re asking for.’

“It was a bad piece of luck, really. It was kind of questionable.

“Then they get another break when he misses it and it goes straight to him [Hazard].

“We also felt that Punch’s shot is blocked by John Terry’s body and hand. It??could’ve been a penalty for that. (But) it’s not about us today.”

Chelsea squeezed Palace into submission in the second half to see out victory.

“That’s what champions do – they don’t let you back in when they take the??lead,” Pardew added.

“That’s why they continue to do the job in each game they come to. They’ve had??two defeats this year, that says it all.

“They’ve obviously done the job. Sometimes fantasy and flair goes out the??window to do the job to win.

“That’s why this guy (Mourinho) earns the money he earns, because he wins and he??wins trophies.”