Pardew determined to put bad league form behind Palace

Date published: Friday 26th February 2016 11:49

Alan Pardew: Focused on West Brom match

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew insists he is fully focused on the Premier League, despite their looming FA Cup quarter-final with Reading.

The Eagles travel to West Brom on Saturday as they look to put a run of bad league form behind them. Palace have not won a game in the top-flight since December 19, despite beating three Premier League sides in the FA Cup, and Pardew knows they need to stop the rot.

He said: “It has been a strange run because we have obviously beaten three Premier League teams in the cup, so we are still proving that we are a good side, but the league form is a worry and we need to put that right.

“One win will settle everybody down and that is really all we need.

“You cannot disguise that there is a little bit of a buzz about the FA Cup, we are in the quarter-finals and we have to use that as a platform to go and win our games in the league.

“We know that our results have been disappointing recently and there is no doubt about that, we need to put it right.

“That is our focus for the next 10 days – these three league games. It is important for the fans that we get a win or two in there.”

Palace follow the Baggies clash with games against Sunderland and Liverpool before a trip to Reading on March 12.

Pardew was pleased with his side’s performance in the cup win over Tottenham last weekend which she revealed has boosted morale in the camp, but expressed his disappointment his side were not praised for their performance.

“To win at Spurs, they beat Fiorentina (3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday) without Harry Kane and without (Moussa) Dembele and we went there and won 1-0,” said Pardew.

“It was a fantastic performance, but we didn’t get a lot of credit for it. In fact we got some criticism for our defensive display which I was amazed by.”

West Brom have the same points total as Palace and Saturday’s meeting with see a reunion with Baggies boss Tony Pulis, the Eagles’ former manager.

Pardew said: “Both teams will be a little bit edgy because we both want to win this game, so it might be a little bit tense at times, but they have good players and they will make it very difficult.

“It is a game that is pivotal to a degree, especially with our cup run.

“Tony knows our players well and will know some of the characteristics which may give him a slight advantage.”

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