Monday 26 February 2018

Boss Alan Pardew seeking right balance as Palace look to end losing streak

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has seen his side lost five league games on the trot
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has seen his side lost five league games on the trot

Alan Pardew believes Crystal Palace need to find the right balance in their style of play to secure the win that would "bring a little bit of a smile" back to the club.

The Eagles have lost their last five league games to slip down to 12th in the Barclays Premier League and Pardew feels the team's desperation to get points scuppered their chance of a draw with Bournemouth in midweek.

Pardew, whose side were beaten 2-1 at home by the Cherries, also admits that just avoiding defeat would be a positive for his side at present.

He said: "It is a little bit of frustration in our part, we haven't had a result.

"We have had two cup wins against Premier League opposition but the league wins have avoided us.

"I think even a draw would be a good result for us at the moment, just to get us off this points total we are stuck on and get us mentally in a better place.

"We more than deserved a draw against Bournemouth but it wasn't to come."

He added: "The level of performance was good, we didn't do a lot wrong in the game. I would have liked to have a bit more panache on the ball, a bit more composure at times, but we haven't won in the league for a while and I think that showed. We had a little bit of edginess in our play and we have talked about that and getting it out of our system.

"You have to be up for the fight and this team is always up for a fight, but you need to play as well and we probably got the balance a little wrong the other night."

Palace this weekend face a Swansea side who sit five points below them in the table and travel to Wales without key duo James McArthur (ankle ligament damage) and Jason Puncheon (hamstring) after they picked up injuries against Bournemouth.

However, Pardew is positive his side will be able to compete.

He said: "We are not going to sit and moan about our injuries, we are going to keep pushing and with the right balance and fight in our play.

"There are some things that I will look to change, some things I will look to tweak but I do that every game whether we win, lose or draw. It is not just about making changes just when we lose, you have to keep momentum so we always do that.

"Swansea have picked up a bit of form so it will be harder for us, (as will) the game with Watford, they are crucial games for us because I think when I get to Tottenham I will have a much healthier squad.

"They are very important games for us and we want to try and get some points.

"(A win) would bring back a little bit of a smile on everybody's face because with the results we have been a bit miserable and some of them have been tough to take.

"The way I am, the way my staff are we are eternal optimists, we go to this game with the usual process - to win."

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