English Premiership

Garde: We have suffered so much

2016-01-13 09:53
Remi Garde (Supplied)

Cape Town - Remi Garde breathed a huge sigh of relief after finally getting his first Premier League victory as manager of rock bottom Aston Villa with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

The only goal arrived in the 58th minute when Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey allowed a header from former England centre-half Joleon Lescott to slip through his hands and into the net.

"That was very important for the team, for the club, for everybody," Garde told Sky Sports television. "We have suffered so much over previous weeks but today we are very happy.

"I think we deserved to win because we put them under pressure and that's what we wanted. We created many good opportunities and always tried to attack – it's a good win for us."

Villa are still eight points from safety despite having registered their first league victory since the opening day of the season.

The home team seemed set for another 90 minutes of struggle when Palace's Wilfried Zaha struck the woodwork inside the opening minute but Garde's men held firm.

"We were helped after 20 seconds by the post, I don't forget that but that's the game," said the Frenchman, who took over in early November following the sacking of Tim Sherwood.

"I think we made our luck today by being very aggressive on the ball and wanting to attack. I'm very pleased for the players because they made huge efforts today ... now we have to build on this win."

Garde's counterpart Alan Pardew described seventh-placed Palace's performance as one of their poorest of the season.

"A lot of things went wrong today," said Pardew. "We lacked energy and we lacked quality.

"Villa deserved the victory because they worked so, so hard. They didn't really give us a moment's rest, they really had a go.

"We couldn't find any cohesion and it was a disappointment, no doubt about that," added Pardew. "We had no cohesion in the team and that's something we're renowned for."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.