Pardew guarded on safety talk

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew thinks his side may still have some work to do to ensure Premier League survival.

Crystal Palace: Pardew guarded on safety talkCrystal Palace: Pardew guarded on safety talk

The Eagles claimed a 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday courtesy of a Jason Puncheon effort.

The victory over the Canaries, the side immediately below Palace in the table, gives Pardew’s side a 10-point advantage over 18th-placed Sunderland, although the Black Cats could reduce that to seven with a win over Leicester on Sunday.

Pardew refused to declare his side safe but he feels the three points against Norwich has gone “a long way” to preserving their Premier League status.

“I don’t know if we’re safe, but it’s gone a long, long way towards it,” he said. “We want to look up. Mid-table is three, four points, only, away, and that’s our next target.”

Palace face Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday and punters may wish to use their free bet to back Pardew’s men to take all three points at Selhurst Park.

If the Eagles do grab a midweek win they will reach 40 points, widely regarded as the total needed to guarantee safety in the Premier League.

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