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Pardew: Saturday Is A Different Type Of Game

10 April 2015

Alan Pardew has been looking ahead to Palace's trip to Sunderland on Saturday, insisting that his players are under no illusions about the task they face at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats beat local rivals Newcastle United last time out and will be looking to build on that victory when the Eagles come to town, though The Eagles have been enjoying fine away form of their own lately.

He said that the team are in high spirits after Monday night's 2-1 win over Manchester City at Selhurst Park, but also made clear that this Saturday will be a different type of fixture.

"Well, the group is on a high really. [But] We have a different type of game this Saturday and we need to make the adjustment quickly," he said in his pre-match press conference, before discussing team news as the Eagles welcome captain Mile Jedinak back from suspension.

Pardew confirmed that Joe Ledley has a slight hip problem, meaning he will need to be monitored before the game, but all other players are back.

"The squad are fit and well, we've not done too much since the game, but recovery's been good and, of course, the guys are in great form. Joe Ledley's got a slight strain and we'll have to monitor that. Everybody else is OK."

Pardew spoke briefly about the changes Dick Advocaat has made since taking the reins at Sunderland, recognising their different style in recent weeks.

"I think it's fair to say they've gone a little bit more direct and a little bit more positive in the way they have tried to affect the opposition," he said. 

"They have some good players and it's always a difficult place to go. I don't think we're under any illusions, it's a team off the back of a great victory [against Newcastle] and they will be buoyed for our game."

Despite the opposition's recent victory and new head coach, Pardew insisted that the home fans will be wary of Palace's recent good form, having beaten Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Manchester City in our previous three outings.
"I expect an atmosphere that they normally create for any game there," he said. "We are going there in great form and I think the stadium will be wary of us, the eleven players on the pitch. I think Sunderland fans know that we're in really good shape."

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