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McArthur Praises Pardew Advice

16 March 2015

James McArthur has praised Alan Pardew after the Eagles manager urged his midfielders to get into the box more often and saw it pay dividends against Queens Park Rangers.

The Eagles scored three times in the first half thanks to the likes of Wilfried Zaha, McArthur and Joel Ward pushing forward to get inside the 18-yard area, and the Scottish international is delighted the advice paid off as he netted his second goal of the campaign against the Hoops.

He said: “We looked great, we looked like we were going to score more than the three we did and it's great for us that we're looking so dangerous in front of goal.

“The manager has been getting on at us to get bodies into the box because of the quality of our wingers. The balls they've put in have set the goals up and Wilf has managed to score as well so they've been excellent. Yannick was terrific too and I'm sure he'll be happy with the assist as well.

“He [Pardew] has got us playing a style of play that we enjoy and everyone is really expressing themselves which is great for the fans to watch as well.”

The result has put Palace eight points clear of the relegation zone after the weekend's results, and McArthur is adamant that despite his side sitting 12th in the table, just six points away from the top half, their sole priority at the moment remains ensuring their Premier League status next season.

“We just need to keep going, we're playing well but we need to keep winning matches and see where it takes us,” McArthur added. “We always try and do well and try to catch the teams above us and if we do that then we're not going to go down. 

“I think we were playing well enough at home but we weren't getting the results but I'm really pleased we got the win for the fans as well.”

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