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Alan Pardew seeks return to home comforts for plummeting Palace

Published 07/04/2016

Alan Pardew is keen to get an important win against Norwich on Saturday
Alan Pardew is keen to get an important win against Norwich on Saturday

Alan Pardew believes Crystal Palace's home form has been the most disappointing part of a season that could end in relegation if they do not halt their alarming slump.

The Eagles have not won in the Barclays Premier League since December, and they have lost their last six league games at home.

But Pardew believes luck has not gone their way, something he hopes will change on Saturday at home to Norwich, the team immediately below them.

Pardew, whose side sit in 16th place with 34 points, said: "(Our home form) - that is the disappointment for me this season.

"Some of our performances have been terrific but we just feel we haven't had any justice sometimes at home and I'm not talking about officials.

"A bit of fortune here and there and it would have made a lot of difference.

"We want to keep our home fans happy. Too many times we have come off that pitch disappointed.

"We want to finish well, we have three home games and they are going to be very important to how we finish."

The Eagles boss believes they need six more points to secure safety but with games against Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United to follow, he does not think the match with struggling Norwich on Saturday is any more important.

Pardew said: "I think we are a team that when you look at games against the bottom half they are almost identical to those in the top half.

"We could come up with a win anywhere. I don't think this game is so critical but of course it is important to get that win and push it going into those (other) games."

One player whose goals could help Palace to Pardew's target of 40 points is striker Dwight Gayle.

The 25-year-old has had a difficult season , making only 14 appearances in all competitions, but he has come off the bench in the Eagles' last three league fixtures.

Pardew said: "The thing with Gayle... he is a natural goalscorer and we have not had him in and around the team for injuries and at (the start of the season) he wasn't getting a game.

"Then when we really needed him he was injured.

"He has had a really fragmented season but he is the one that me and the coaching staff believe will get the goals whether it is coming off the bench or starting, he has got that knack of getting a goal out of nothing and it is something we have missed this season."

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