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Murray has shades of Sheringham, claims Pardew

By Liam Twomey at Upton Park

Alan Pardew claims Glenn Murray reminds him of Teddy Sheringham after the Crystal Palace striker scored two goals before being sent off against West Ham on Saturday.

Murray latched onto two dangerous Jason Puncheon set-pieces to score Palace's first and third goals in a 3-1 win at Upton Park, but saw his afternoon tainted by a second booking for a foul on Winston Reid in the 69th minute.

Palace held on with 10 men to move eight points clear of the Premier League relegation zone and after the match Pardew paid tribute to his match-winning striker.

"He’s just got that nous as a No.9 to find a bit of space and to be in the crucial place at the crucial time," the Eagles boss told reporters. "He could have had a hat-trick in the first half even though - and I hope he doesn’t feel I’m insulting him - he’s not the quickest.

"I had Teddy [Sheringham] as a player here and he’s a little bit like Teddy in that he can create space for himself without a great deal of pace. Clever.

"There must have been four Championship teams who felt like they had a chance of him on loan, Reading the most prominent because he’s been there, but I gave him a new contract and said ‘you can stay and help get us out of this situation’.

"He’s been unfortunate because Fraizer came in and did brilliantly for us. He’s had to patient even in the spell I’ve been here, but he’s rewarded me and I can’t thank him enough.

"I thought he was terrific and I felt sorry for him that he got sent off. It was probably my fault as well. I should have [made a substitution] earlier. I was getting Shola ready but it was too late."

West Ham's defeat means they have now recorded just one win in 10 Premier League matches and while Allardyce admitted his side's performance had fallen short of expectations, he insisted that Murray should have received his marching orders earlier in the game.

"The number of fouls Murray committed in the first half - the one on Reid was enough for a second yellow," he claimed. "[The sending off] came too late because in between he scored a goal.

"But it’s our problem that we lost, not down to the referee."