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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Alan Pardew calls on Crystal Palace players to believe after Anfield win

Crystal Palace Alan Pardew is targeting further improvement in the Eagles' league position.
Crystal Palace Alan Pardew is targeting further improvement in the Eagles' league position.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew insists his ambitions for the club are modest but there is no doubt he has set his sights set on improving their league position further.

A 2-1 victory at Liverpool lifted the Eagles to eighth place in the Premier League, just two points behind Tottenham in fifth and five off Manchester United, who currently occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

"Our ambitions are modest," said Pardew. "We have no complications: no Europa League, no League Cup so the league programme is right at the top of our agenda.

"That helps us because all these big clubs have Europe to contend with."

Palace were rewarded for their attacking intent at Anfield with a fourth away win of the season, and Pardew admits the only thing currently holding back his squad is the lack of belief in themselves.

"I said to the players afterwards that the problem with this team is it doesn't trust how good it can be," he added. "We proved that when we backed off (against Liverpool).

"When we went toe-to-toe I thought it was an even game but it is difficult to do that at these big arenas.

"I really enjoy managing this team, I think it is a really honest team and we will have to wait and see."

Pardew hopes the last two results, including the goalless draw at home to Manchester United, will have helped boost confidence.

"The last two games we have defended brilliantly and it has got us four massive points against two big clubs," he said. "This was the last game in a series of games which was a goal for us and we needed three points to achieve that goal.

"We are kind of on target for what we think we are going to get.

"I did promise an extra day off (if they reached their target) and maybe that played more of a part."

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