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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew plans to prolong Manchester City's recent lapse

Published 18/11/2016

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew wants Manchester City's recent lapse to continue at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew wants Manchester City's recent lapse to continue at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is hoping to put a dent in Manchester City's title hopes when the sides meet at Selhurst Park.

After a strong start to the season, City have dropped to third in the Premier League table with only one win in their last five matches - but despite the lapse, the Eagles' boss believes Pep Guardiola's men have what it takes to win the league.

Palace lost all three games against the Manchester side last year - twice in the league and once in the Capital One Cup - but Pardew believes they can come out on top on Saturday.

He said: "They are certainly a team who could win the title. They have a world class manager and world class players, that always helps...

"I think they would like to put this recent run behind them and get back to winning ways on a consistent level.

"Their performance against Barcelona was a highlight of the season, they can reach heights few can reach.

"I think the Spurs game in particular was a bit of a shock for them because Spurs were terrific on the day.

"We have watched most of City's games. They have the ability to win the league and hopefully we will put a dent in it."

A run of five league games without a win has not helped Palace's cause - but Pardew does not believe his team are in a relegation battle, although he is keen for a change of fortune.

He said: "We need to improve (all over), there is no doubt about that.

"I think the result at Burnley (a 3-2 defeat) was a big blow for us because it was a game where we played well, got ourselves back into and we got carried away thinking we should try and win the game with seconds remaining.

"I don't think that is a bad thing but we left ourselves short and that has put pressure on us, pressure we are going to have to deal with.

"We are in a position in the league which is false and we need to rectify that before we get to February.

"There are some fantastic players in our team. I am not even thinking that we are in a relegation battle, to be honest. We have just got to make sure that in the next few weeks we get some important results.

"Two wins could take you to mid-table, there is a long way to go yet."

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