Leicester success inspires Pardew

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew hopes his side can take inspiration from Leicester ahead of the FA Cup final.

Crystal Palace: Leicester success inspires PardewCrystal Palace: Leicester success inspires Pardew

Palace take on Manchester United in the Wembley showpiece later this month and Pardew concedes they are the underdogs.

Having watched the Foxes defy the odds to claim the Premier League crown, Pardew is confident Palace can add to their trophy cabinet this season.

“Leicester won the league after 36 games and for 10 games last season they were the best team in the league,” said Pardew.

“So for the best part of 50 games they’ve been the best team in the country. All this about things falling their way is not quite correct.

“So they deserve all the plaudits they get. I’m glad they’ve done it early because they can enjoy it now.

“It’s a lift for us, because it means the underdog can do it. We’ll definitely be the underdog in the cup final, and that gives us a little boost.

“We’ve got a chance to make history at this football club, our run in the cup is very impressive. We’ve not stolen into the final, we’ve had to beat some good teams to get there.”

Palace are yet to guarantee survival and Pardew wants his side to get a result against visitors Stoke on Saturday, although he admits it is hard not to be distracted by their upcoming trip to Wembley.

He added: “I think we can improve our position in the league too though, and a win against Stoke would do that, and that’s our immediate focus.

“It’s not easy to keep minds off the cup, because for our level it’s a unique position for a lot of the players, so it’s an adjustment.

“Some of us who have been here before know how to treat it, but for others it’s difficult.

“The focus has definitely slipped in the league and you can’t argue with that.

“I’ve got to put a team out that’s focused to win, and that’s important.

“It’s a great thing to look forward to, there’s real excitement about the place and we’ve got a job to do this Saturday.”

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