Pardew concedes drop fears

Alan Pardew admits his side are in a relegation battle and has urged Crystal Palace to get back to winning ways at West Ham.

Crystal Palace: Pardew concedes drop fearsCrystal Palace: Pardew concedes drop fears

Palace are without a Premier League win since December, a run that spans 13 games, and they are now 16th in the Premier League table – just seven points clear of the bottom three.

Manager Pardew believes their current slump has made the Eagles a target for those involved in the relegation dogfight and he fears they could be dragged in to real trouble if results don’t improve.

Palace travel to Champions League-chasers West Ham on Saturday and Pardew has called on his side to pick up all three points as they bid to retain their top flight status.

“We have a challenge in front of us,” he told reporters.

“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.

“We’re not sleepwalking, we’re not day-dreaming, we are fully committed to getting the points as soon as we can.”

Palace still have to face relegation rivals Norwich City and Newcastle United in the run-in, with Pardew’s side set to host the Canaries next weekend before a tough run of fixtures against Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United.

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