WATCH - Pellegrini and Pardew give their reactions

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Pellegrini in despair at Selhurst Park
Pellegrini in despair at Selhurst Park

Manuel Pellegrini cursed Manchester City's luck after his side's 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, but the result merely served to pile the pressure on the beleaguered Chilean tactician.

Goals from Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon either side of half-time left the reigning champions nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea with seven matches remaining.

Yet there was more than a hint of offside about Murray's strike, with both the striker and Scott Dann appearing to be beyond the last man, while Murray was also involved in controversy at the other end when the ball hit his arm in the penalty area.

"It was a clear offside. Also it was a clear penalty," argued City boss Pellegrini. "But with the way we played we must win this game.

"Its difficult to understand the result, we played a good game from the beginning to the end, we had a lot of chances to score.

"Although the second goal was a beautiful free-kick, it's the only thing I remember near our box, so it's difficult to understand but football happens like this."

The emotions in the other dressing room could not have been more contrasting and you can check out the views of Palace manager Alan Pardew in this Crystal Palace FC Youtube clip below: