Pardew: Palace must put injury problems right

Date published: Thursday 1st October 2015 11:54

Alan Pardew: Focused on West Brom match

Alan Pardew has expressed his frustration about the amount of players Crystal Palace will be missing against West Brom on Saturday.

Pardew reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, but none of Connor Wickham, Mile Jedinak, Damien Delaney or Joel Ward will return until after the international break.

“I am a bit frustrated because I have so many key first-team players missing,” Pardew said.

“That is an area we need to put right. My medical team tell me by the time we play West Ham they will be back, and that will be much better news for us.

“But we are still strong this weekend, though. We are fortunate that the starting XI who are on the sheet most weeks are still there, which is good.”

Palace were beaten 2-0 by West Brom at Selhurst Park last season, but Pardew hopes his players have learned their lessons ahead of the game against the team which has kept more clean sheets than any other in 2015 under Tony Pulis.

“They are just organised, it’s a requirement under Tony,” Pardew said.

“It is hard to get through them and they have good, knowledgeable players with good experience.

“When you look at his record; 14 clean sheets in 2015, he’s pretty good at it. We have to find a way.

“Last season they deservedly won at our place, they stopped us and got two set-play goals.

“I hope we have learned from that and get ourselves a victory for our fans.

“We have had a really tough start, so the points’ total is very good.

“But now we have to build on that and we hope to do that. We always try to win games, we’re not always about counter-attacking.”


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