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Pardew: Cup Run Brings Winning Mentality

4 January 2015

Alan Pardew took his Crystal Palace side for the first time and led them through into the 4th round of this year's FA Cup competition.  

"From the start of the game through to the finish we were in control and that is very difficult to do against any opposition, never mind the level of the match. I was really pleased because I asked the team to play a slightly different style to what they have been used to and open up the pitch a little bit more and that gives them a chance to express themselves and I thought they did that really well throughout the game."

It was a match the visiting team took control of early on and that was an approach to the game that pleased the new manager.

"It is about making a statement on the game from early on and we went straight at them, infact we could have scored a couple of goals before our first one but you have got to put the ball into the dangerous areas and really this team hasn't been doing that to the levels that it should of. The application and attitude of the team can never be questioned as these players are a real honest group and I have seen that in just the short amount of time I have been here.

"It is hard sometimes to assess how difficult a job we have done today to make it look as easy as it was.  Although we won't get any plaudits for coming here and winning the game I know I go away very pleased with the outcome of the manner of the performance"

Even though the priority is getting league points on the board Alan believes that getting on a cup run brings about a winning mentality. 

"We have 18 Premier League matches remaining and every single one of them is going to be essential that we avoid defeat and if we can do that in most of them we will have a chance.
"It is all about the team and they showed today what they are capable of and the the most important thing about this match is we came here and did a professional job. 
"I said to the players that an FA Cup run gives confidence and it breeds a winning mentality, so we're in the hat and, like in any cup competition, if you're in it, you can win it."


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