Struggling Palace are being ‘hunted down’, Pardew admits

Date published: Thursday 31st March 2016 4:25

Alan Pardew: Feels the pressure from the bottom sides

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew admits the teams below his free-falling Crystal Palace side are now ‘hunting them down’.

The Eagles head to West Ham on Saturday without a win in the Premier League for 13 matches.

They still lie seven points clear of the relegation zone but Pardew insists they are not safe yet.

“We have a challenge in front of us,” said the Eagles boss.

“The teams below us are now going to hunt points and hunt it down, and unfortunately we are in a position to catch so we have to really up our game.

“Our desire and commitment can’t be faulted but we need to turn that into one or two victories. It’s a little bit easier when you have the points under your belt to look at other teams and say ‘they’ll be fine’, but we’re not.

“We’re in a run of form in the league where we have no momentum and we are going to have to grind it out. We’re not sleepwalking, we’re not day-dreaming, we are fully committed to getting the points as soon as we can.”

Alan Pardew also took the time to pay tribute to Ronnie Corbett, the much-loved star of The Two Ronnies and a Palace fan, who died on Thursday aged 85.

Corbett attended matches for many years at Selhurst Park, the nearest Premier League ground to his Croydon home.

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