After watching his side record a 4-1 drubbing over Stoke City on a superb Sunday for the Eagles, manager Alan Pardew is aiming for consistency after back-to-back wins.
The fine win over the rock-bottom Potters saw first Palace goals for James Tomkins and Andros Townsend, as well as strikes by Scott Dann and James McArthur, and in his post-match press conference Pardew addressed a number of topics:
The most pleasing aspect of the win: “The team looked as though they knew what they were doing today. Our passing options, the shape of the team and the power of the team meant that it was a performance that you have a vision for, and it all worked well today.
“Now we have to look for consistency because if we can do that every week – obviously not scoring four every week but reach that level of performance – then we’ll have a good season.”
Andros Townsend: “In his first few games he’s not really produced a quality moment offensively, but he’s done all his jobs defensively and has been sound and solid for us. In training we’ve seen it wasn’t a true reflection of his ability but today he showed both sides. I’m sure he’ll be very pleased with his performance because I am- he was terrific today.”
James Tomkins: “James had a good first half and just overstretched his knee a little bit making a tackle just before half-time, so we’ll have to see how that is – hopefully it’s not too bad.”
James McArthur: “When he’s in the team he brings plenty of energy and an assurance which is missed when he’s not there. It’s difficult to duplicate with the group I’ve got so it will be important to keep him fit. He was excellent today.”
Pressure on Mark Hughes: He’s an experienced manager with very good players but the media spotlight turns onto the manager when the results are not good; it’s just how it is. Mark will deal with that and I have absolutely no concerns for him in terms of his job and what he’s doing because I think he’s terrific.”
Danger from set-pieces: “It’s been strange that we’ve been conceding set-pieces, and I said to the guys that you’ve got to look at us on paper that we’re going to be very powerful at set-pieces.
“The deliveries were great today and they had a bit of fortune when Bojan cleared one off the line and there were another couple of scrappy moments when we could have scored. I think set-pieces will be a feature of our play and I think other teams will have to concentrate on our power at those.”