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Pardew Issues Rallying Call

29 February 2016


Alan Pardew has ordered his players and staff to 'pull their fingers out' and get back to winning ways, following a dismal run of form in the Premier League.

Despite reaching the quarter finals of the Emirates FA Cup, Palace haven't won on their previous 10 league outings, most recently falling to a 3-2 defeat away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening.

"The job at hand is to correct our league form and we've got to do that with a win at Sunderland tomorrow," the manager said during his pre-match press conference.

"It's easy to say 'we've missed players' and start leaning on [the fact] Yannick's back, thinking everything will be okay. It doesn't work like that, football, I've been in it long enough."

The return of Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham's recent goalscoring form are reasons for the Eagles to be positive ahead of Tuesday's trip to the Stadium of Light, and Pardew has urged his side to take the three points.

"We all need to pull our finger out - me, my staff, my players. Because the West Brom game, in the first half, that wasn't us," he said. "We know it's the biggest game of the season for them (Sunderland) and in some ways it's the biggest game of the season for us.

"It's no good for me to [ask] my players and my staff to pull their fingers out if I'm not going to do it myself. I'll do what I need to do."

The manager also discusses injury news, the threat Sam Allardyce's side pose and more. Watch the full press conference for free HERE.

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