Palace manager Alan Pardew has hailed his players for the response they gave him in the win over Charlton Athletic, after a disappointing loss away to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, which has ensured that the Eagles travel to Watford in high spirits.
The south London derby on Wednesday night saw Palace hammer the Addicks 4-1 at Selhurst Park, with some of the squad players showing the manager why they should be in contention for starts in the league.
"It was a chance for every body to get up to speed and one or two played very, very well," said Pardew, speaking during his pre-Watford press conference. "That's the opportunity they have to give me a little nudge to be playing in the first team. We have a good feeling, Watford have a good feeling and it's going to be a tough game."
After last Sunday's 1-0 loss at White Hart Lane, the boss was looking for a response from his players, which came in emphatic style against second tier Charlton.
"I had the response that I was looking for at Charlton," he said. "I think people just assumed we would win that game, particularly with Charlton perhaps leaving our three or four first-team players, but it's very, very difficult to win professional games at any level."
Wilfried Zaha had been replaced at half-time last weekend at Spurs, with the manager not impressed with his first half performance, but the winger bounced back with an electrifying derby display, whilst Dwight Gayle stepped up to rattle home a second half hat-trick in SE25.
"The way we dominated the game was very pleasing," said Pardew. "I have to say that there were a lot of questions that I asked the group about enthusiasm and commitment, but their response was on the money - particularly Zaha, who I thought was terrific on the night.
"We're still on a winning ratio at the moment: two Cup wins, three wins in the league and three losses in the league, and that's important. You've always got to have yourself ahead if you can, at any professional level that's a very good result."
The manager's full press conference - in which he discusses Watford away, team news and more - is now available to watch for full in free HERE