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Pardew Calls For Home Improvement

20 August 2015

Manager Alan Pardew has insisted that the club need to improve their home form - having struggled to pick up points at Selhurst Park last season - urging his side to get their first home win on the board this weekend, when Aston Villa visit SE25.

Tim Sherwood's squad have enjoyed a solid start to 2015-16, narrowly losing to Manchester United last time out, after an opening day victory over newly-promoted Bournemouth. Their results so far are similar to those of Pardew's Palace, who beat Bournemouth's fellow new boys Norwich City on the opening day, but lost by a fine margin to Arsenal last weekend.

Both sides have three points on the board and will be looking to improve that tally this Saturday, something Alan Pardew is hoping his team can do regularly at Selhurst Park this season.

"They've started well and Tim's brought in a whole new batch of players," he said during Thursday morning's pre-match press conference. "It can be very difficult to get them to know exactly what he wants and I'm sure he's not there yet.

"The two games they've played they've been cohesive and Tim will be pleased with that. Obviously they've got talent there, so it will be a difficult game [for us]."

The Eagles' home form was something of a mystery last term, with the club performing incredibly well on the road but struggling to pick up points in SE25 - a fact Alan Pardew is keen to change this time out.

"We've got to win at home, every home game I'll be thinking that this year," he said. "We lost to Arsenal. That was a cracking game, it was a great day for the club. I thought we played well, I thought our stadium and our fans were superb, but we got beat by the better team. We can cope with that if our levels are as high as they were, because they were really high against Arsenal in a number of key areas."

Speaking about that game against the Gunners, in which the visitors secured a narrow victory through an unfortunate Damien Delaney own goal, Pardew said: "I was really pleased with the performance, but we need to turn that into a result at home. We need to win more than half our home games and I think we can do that this year.

"The one lesson we must take away from Arsenal is their ability - when the game develops into real pressure situations - to retain the ball in tight areas," he continued. "That's something we need to improve on. 

"I think we have improved on that since I've been at the club, our training is geared to that and we will get better at it, but Arsenal were magnificent. They were as good a team as I've come up against as a manager when retaining the ball and you can begin to launch attacks when coming out of those fight situations."

To watch Alan Pardew's full pre-Aston Villa press conference, in which he discussed the injury status of Marouane Chamakh and Julian Speroni, as well as the fitness of Bakary Sako, click HERE.

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