Christian Benteke's 14th goal of the season completed Crystal Palace's two-goal comeback to secure a point in a 2-2 home draw with Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
"It was a great point for us, a fantastic point", offered Allardyce, with his side now seven points from the bottom three with a game in hand and a considerable advantage in terms of goal difference. Five wins from the previous six fixtures, including against league leaders Chelsea, would have contributed to that and it ensured they showed signs of response. For those Leicester goals we did not get them right.
This is a good time for Palace to play Leicester, who are in between both legs of their Champions League quarter-final with Atletico Madrid.
You can argue Leicester having to recover from their midweek jaunt to Spain has been factored into Palace's price but they were winners at West Ham immediately after knocking Sevilla out of the Champions League so there should be no real excuses on that front. Sam Allardyce's reputation has largely been built on his ability to organise a defence and succeed with set-pieces, so when Christian Fuchs' long throw-in from the left wing was so casually headed in by Huth the Palace manager would have been concerned.
"It looked better yesterday", said Shakespeare, speaking after the match.
"We need to concentrate on Palace and try to get those points". "On reflection, when you finish a game with a point having been 2-0 down, you have to be incredibly satisfied with that point".
It was always going to be a odd one if Newcastle were promoted and then went back for Andros Townsend - if in the meantime he'd done well for Palace then there would be no way they'd sell him and/or other clubs would then be interested, so only if he continued to be rubbish and show poor attitude would Newcastle arguably have been able to land him.
"There is a tinge of disappointment, especially when you go two up away from home". It was the Belgian who had leapt above the centre-back to meet the excellent Andros Townsend's delivery and power home Palace's equaliser, though City were outraged the goal was not disallowed with the forward "riding", according to Shakespeare, on the defender's back. We could have seen it out if we'd stayed in the lead a bit longer, but they asked a lot of questions of us with their aerial threat. We all still need the points.