Patrick Vieira sends Crystal Palace message after Tottenham loss as Jack Butland closes in on Man United move

Patrick Vieira sends Crystal Palace message after Tottenham loss as Jack Butland closes in on Man United move

Patrick Vieira told his Crystal Palace players they need to be more clinical, after his side failed to capitalise on their first-half dominance on Wednesday night.

Palace were the better team against Tottenham in the opening 45 minutes, but could not take advantage and suffered another heavy home defeat.

Vieira said: “It was a tough night for us. Conceding four goals is difficult to accept, but I do not think that reflects the quality of the game we played.

“We should have scored, especially in the first half. We were not clinical enough and did not take our chances. Hugo Lloris made some good saves and at times we did not make the right decision in the final third.

Frustration: Patrick Vieira watched Crystal Palace slump to a heavy 4-0 defeat against Spurs (Action Images via Reuters)
Frustration: Patrick Vieira watched Crystal Palace slump to a heavy 4-0 defeat against Spurs (Action Images via Reuters)

“We suffered in the first 15 minutes, but then we went toe-to-toe with them, and I have a bad taste, because we did not deserve to lose that game 4-0.”

Meanwhile, Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland is finalising a loan move to Manchester United, as they target a new back-up to David de Gea.

Butland has six months left on his Palace contract, although the club has the option to extend his deal for a further year.