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Pardew Praises Potters

19 March 2015

Alan Pardew priased Stoke City and their manager Mark Hughes for their efforts this season as he took his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against the Potters on Saturday.

The Eagles boss takes his side to Staffordshire to face Stoke who currently sit eighth in the table, and admitted that he is weary of a wounded animal after they were beaten 1-0 by West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

"Stoke have had a great season under Mark [Hughes] and were disappointing last week so we know they're going to come recharged for us," he said. "It's difficult to get a result at the Britannia Stadium but we're very much looking forward to this fixture as we're playing well and will be a test for Stoke.

"You can feel there is a little bit of confidence in the air here after we got a result and the manner in which we did, but as we all know in this game seven days is a long time in football so we have to produce a performance against Stoke. 

"It's a weekend where we're getting all the fans up there for free so we'll have a great following and hopefully we can respond to that. They make a lot of noise there and it's got a good atmosphere for the home team, and they've got some good quality players so I'm not surprised where they are in the league."

Pardew also confirmed he was still waiting to assess wingers Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha after they picked up knocks against Queens Park Rangers last weekend, but that victory against the Hoops has helped ease relegation worries for now however the Palace boss wants to ensure that they keep aiming higher to make sure they remain in the Premier League next year.

"When you've won, that's the way to look but when you lose you begin to look down, but we're looking up at the moment." he added. 

"All the teams have gone through different phase of form and we're in a good phase, and we want to try and keep that going."

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