Pardew issues rallying cry

Manager Alan Pardew feels Crystal Palace could still enjoy their best ever Premier League season despite a slump in results.

Crystal Palace: Pardew issues rallying cryCrystal Palace: Pardew issues rallying cry

The Eagles were as high as fifth in the top-flight standings at the end of December but have now slipped to 13th in the table after a run of nine games without a win and three points from a possible 27.

It all means that any thoughts of qualifying for Europe next season via the league are now probably over as they are just five places above the relegation zone, although mathematically of course they can still finish in the top six.

The Londoners should be safe from the drop, however, as they are eight points clear of 18th-placed Newcastle and posses enough quality in the ranks to reach the magic 40-point mark.

They got back to winning ways when beating Tottenham on Sunday to progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and, after downing Spurs, Pardew was adamant that there is no reason for doom and gloom at Selhurst Park as the campaign could still end with silverware.

“I said to the players: ‘Look, in recent weeks we’ve obviously been a bit down on ourselves and got a bit stressful in games, which I think is part of the reason we haven’t had a result’,” he told reporters.

“The Cup’s different though. We can still have the best season Crystal Palace have ever had in the Premier League. We can still come higher than 10th and we’re in the quarter-finals of the (FA) Cup.

“At the start of the season if you’d offered me that I’d have taken it.”

After the impressive win over Spurs, coupled with the quarter-final draw against Reading, punters looking to use a free bet might fancy Palace to go on and win the FA Cup this year.

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