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Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly: 'Alan Pardew's leadership will be the difference'


Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly

Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly believes the experience of manager Alan Pardew has provided essential leadership for the players to follow.

The come-from-behind 3-2 victory at Burnley maintained a 100 per cent record for the new boss and his influence has certainly been felt within the dressing room.

Former manager Neil Warnock was sacked in late December after just one win in 14. The team drew two games while awaiting the arrival of Pardew from Newcastle and he has overseen three successive wins - one over Dover in the FA Cup - since being appointed.

"Alan has brought great experience to the club and it is that little push that the club and us players needed around us," said Kelly. "We needed that key figure and he has brought that and what he has done in the couple of weeks he has been with us has been brilliant.

"We are all enjoying our training, tactically we know what we are doing and we are showing that in games with the confidence we have got.

"The two draws were key to confidence before Alan came in and the three wins we have under him now is showing in our play we have the confidence and it is a great dressing to be in."

With on-loan Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo making his debut Palace appear to have plenty of options up front as they seek to maintain their move away from the relegation zone.

"If you look across the dressing room it is full of characters but we've got good players as well and it takes a good team with a good set of lads and good character to come back from 2-0 down," added Kelly.