Having had a week to prepare for tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round game against Stoke City, Palace will be looking to take advantage of any tiredness shown from the away team who were knocked out of the semi-finals of the League Cup on Tuesday night.
A look at how seriously Pardew is taking this year’s competition was evident in his team selection to play Southampton in the last round, and the manager is expecting another strong performance from the players.
“We feel we can win the competition because over 90 minutes of football it’s an even playing field and we’ll want to attack it. I’d be foolish to say we haven’t got an advantage after the tough game Stoke had this week, and Mark is probably toying with what his best team is and who has got the energy to play a game against us. But we can’t be complacent, sometimes the midweek game gets you in the zone so you can never really tell.”
Albeit getting a goal against Tottenham last Saturday, the third round FA Cup tie against the Saints was the last time the Eagles have found the net, but Pardew says the team are determined to settle tomorrow’s fourth round draw – wherever the goals come from.
“It’s a different kind of pressure because it’s a knockout competition, so there’s a different mentality to it in than in some Premier League games where you’re petering out for a draw and looking to protect that point. In the cup there is none of that, you want to win, so it makes life a little bit more focused for the players on the pitch and we want to try and end this round here and now at Crystal Palace."
Asked whether Emmanuel Adebayor will be part of Saturday's match day squad, the manager says it's a decision he won't be making until the weekend.
"Ade won’t start on Saturday - whether he’ll be involved or not is something we’ll have to wait and see. I’ll speak to him over the next couple of days but he doesn’t look too far away and that’s the good news.”