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Pardew confident of Palace survival

January 17, 2015 08:34:12 UK

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says his previous relegation battles will stand him in good stead as he tries to keep the Eagles up.

Pardew jumped ship from Newcastle, who are comfortably in mid-table, to takeover at Selhurst Park and guided Palace to just their second league win since October against Tottenham last time out.

That result saw the south London club climb out of the relegation zone and jump up to 15th in the standings.

They are now level on points with Saturday’s opponents Burnley heading into the relegation ‘six-pointer’, with Palace 3.20 to come away from Turf Moor with a win, while the Clarets are 2.50 and the draw 3.20.

Pardew is relishing the ongoing fight for survival having had brushes with relegation in the past, failing to prevent Charlton sliding out of the top flight in 2008.

However, the 53-year-old was able to stop Newcastle from dropping out of the Premier League in his first season on Tyneside, despite losing his star striker at the time, Andy Carroll, to Liverpool in January.

Pardew believes that if Palace can get a couple of wins on the board then they will be able to a breath a little easier heading into the remainder of the season.

“The biggest learning curve I had was my first year at Newcastle,” said Pardew.

“We were not too far away from the bottom and we sold Andy Carroll for £30m and I didn’t get a replacement.

“That was one of my biggest achievements I think as a manager.

“The pressure we were under, it was only our first year in the Premier League, and I would say I think we played above ourselves that year, to finish without really having ourselves in any pressure situation.

“We always kept ourselves out of it and if there’s one hope I’ve got for Crystal Palace it’s that we can do that.

“If we can get a couple of quick wins in the next three or four we can give ourselves a bit of breathing space and try to stay away. Because once you’re down the bottom it’s very, very difficult.”

Palace are priced at 3.00 to be relegated this term, with Burnley 1.80 and Leicester 1.90.

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