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Pardew Previews Hoops Encounter

13 March 2015

Palace boss Alan Pardew has admitted that tomorrow's clash with Queens Park Rangers is an important game for both sides, but admits the pressure is more on Chris Ramsey's men.

The Eagles sit eight points above their London rivals in the table, knowing a win at Selhurst Park tomorrow afternoon would open up a big gap between the two sides, but Pardew is weary that the Hoops will come out fighting as they aim to stay in the Premier League next season.

In his pre-match press conference, he said: "I think it's an important game, probably more so for QPR than for ourselves because of where they are and those three at the bottom of the table really need a win to get back in touch again. 

"It's a must-win game for them, but for us we need to make sure we pick up points and wins when we can and then we'll be OK. We have a cushion at the moment but that can be eroded very quickly so tomorrow we have to make sure we're on our mettle."

The Eagles gaffer also updated the gathered media on the availability of some of his players, adding: " [Yaya] Sanogo is available, [Marouane] Chamakh is a no, and Glenn Murray after his suspension is available. I don't know if Glenn will start, we played very well at Southampton and Dwight Gayle has done terrifically since I've been here so it's a tough call on that one, we'll have to wait and see tomorrow."

Pardew allowed his squad to train at Selhurst this morning in preparation for the game against the Loftus Road side with a view to helping them with their set-pieces during the game, but he also tackled some questions on the state of the surface which has had to be relaid during the current campaign.

"The pitch isn't perfect but I don't think it's any hindrance to us whatsoever," admitted Pardew. "It won't be comfortable for anyone who comes here as it takes a little bit of getting used to.

"This new pitch is good but it's not perfect, Premier League pitches don't normally get relaid during the season so it's unusal we've had to do it but we have and we've had good success on it as in the last few games we've played really well."

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