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Saturday 25 February 2017

Victorious Pardew hopes for third time lucky in the Cup

Crystal Palace 1 Stoke City 0

Declan Warrington

Alan Pardew looks on during his side's FA Cup victory at Selhurst Park. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Alan Pardew looks on during his side's FA Cup victory at Selhurst Park. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace controls the ball under pressure from Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images
Wilfried Zaha is challenged by Marco van Ginkel. Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images
Wilfried Zaha (1st R) of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring the only goal of the game. Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Alan Pardew has spoken of his determination to inspire Crystal Palace to lift the FA Cup after experiencing two finals that ended in the heartache of defeat.

His team outplayed Stoke to secure victory and progress to the competition's fifth round, suggesting the manager could oversee a final 10 years after his last, with West Ham in 2006. That came 16 years after his first, when as a Palace player he was denied by Mark Hughes, who forced a replay they lost by scoring for Manchester United seven minutes from the end of extra-time.

Wilfried Zaha was particularly impressive yesterday, scoring the game's only goal to put Palace in the next round.

Asked about his team's chances this season, Pardew responded: "I've said it before, lesser teams than the quality I have have won this competition in recent years. We've got the talent to win it. You need a bit of luck with the draw - we don't need Man City away, we don't need Chelsea away - someone at home would be nice. I'm an eternal optimist. I'm always conscious of this competition. I've come so close on two occasions that it's a strong bond in me to try and win it. This team is every bit as good as that (West Ham) team I took to that final in 2006."

A concern for Pardew will be the ankle injury suffered by Yohan Cabaye that forced a substitution. Speaking of the tackle by Stephen Ireland, and referee Mark Clattenburg's refusal to stop play, the manager said: "I thought Mark got that particular situation wrong. It was a foul, because (Ireland) came from the side.

"Yohan's ankle is swollen. We'll have to wait and see that there's not permanent damage there. Mark realised his mistake, perhaps, because we couldn't get any treatment to Yohan. But I don't want to criticise him - it was a tough game to referee."

Stoke's defeat came five days after they lost their Capital One Cup semi-final with Liverpool on penalties.

Manager Mark Hughes said: "It's been a hard week to take. You don't want to go out of two competitions. We're disappointed."

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