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Pardew Wants Success In 2nd Half Of Season

25 November 2015


Alan Pardew is targeting the club’s second half of the season as he looks to build on the club’s strong start to the campaign.

Having picked up 12 points away from home, Pardew is looking to do the double over sides like Chelsea and Watford and get all six points when the teams visit Selhurst Park at the turn of the year. 

“It’s very important to get clubs which we can get six points from in a season," he said. "We’ve beaten Liverpool, Chelsea, Norwich and Watford away, and the opportunity to get six points off any team in the Premier League is fantastic. You only do it two or three times usually so we’ll be targeting those home games in particular.

“Our home form has been good this season, we haven’t won them all but they’ve been very close and I expect to win more than we lose at home this year.”

With Pardew yet to field his strongest team, the chances of a top 10 finish and a place in Europe is a realistic target for the club. 

“We have to get to February to see if we’ve got a chance of Europe," he added. "If we’re in the top 10 then of course there’s going to be a chance and we’ll attack it. But we need to get to the end of February first.

“Marouane Chamakh has been unavailable since I’ve been here, but he’s a real contender. I’m hoping if he has a free run in the team he could be a very important player for us.”

Selhurst Park has one of the best atmospheres in the Premier League, and the manager is particularly pleased with the positive publicity generated because of the passionate support of fans.

 “I noticed the Sunday Times did an article where they asked all the reporters 'who were the best fans in the Premier League?' and three of them voted for Crystal Palace and that’s something we’d really love to maintain. If we can get that at the end of the season it means we’ve had a successful year on the pitch and off it.

“The image of the club is very important. The way we play, the way the club is thought about is very much part of what I want to see. I want to see the club respected across the country, not just for the fans but what we put on the pitch.”




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