Belfast Telegraph

Alan Pardew accepts pressure is on at Palace

Alan Pardew accepts he is "under scrutiny" as Crystal Palace look for their first points in six games when they travel to Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Palace have won just three of their 12 league matches so far this season to lie 16th in the table to pile the pressure on Pardew, who also spent four years of his playing career with the Eagles.

His team have not kept a clean sheet since April and are on a run of five straight defeats. But despite the fans' frustration, Pardew believes he is still the right man for the job.

He said: "I am an experienced manager, I have been in this position many times.

"This is my ninth season in the Premier League and I would like to make it 10 at Crystal Palace.

"I know where I stand. In terms of the board, the only real conversation I have had with Steve is that he is as committed as I am about getting a result this weekend to make our position a lot clearer and to take some pressure off us.

"I am realistic about it, if you lose five games in the Premier League you are going to come under scrutiny.

"No one can be immune to that but I have been in this situation before and I have never asked for assurances from a board ever.

"I have to look at the process I do, make sure my staff are on their game, make sure we are covering every detail until we get a run of results.

"I would never walk away from this football club," he added.

"There is nothing I am doing which is less than 100 per cent, no one can be closer to the fan group because I played here.

"I like to think that I have enough experience at this level so I know what this division is about and I know we are under pressure.

"It is the same pressure I had at Newcastle or West Ham when we went through a period like this but it is a lot closer because my family and friends are all Crystal Palace fans so it makes it a little bit more personal.

"For me, it spurs me on to put some of the critics in their place."

Palace are currently just one point clear of the relegation zone and whilst the results have not been going their way, Pardew believes that the players are good enough to keep them in the division.

He said: "We have empathy with the fans, who I think are getting frustrated because we are giving good performances but have made basic errors and some errors that we should not be making.

"If we can cut those out then we are going to get the points total (needed to stay up), no problem.

"The most important thing is to stay calm. I thought, particularly against Man City (a 2-1 defeat last weekend) we deserved a point out of that game. We made a couple of errors and we really need to concentrate that the leadership is there on the pitch and if we do that then it will get us the win.

"I think sometimes you want your players to grow a little bit more and that is what I will be looking for on Saturday.

"We are having one of those runs where every mistake we are making we are getting punished for.

"We need to turn that around and we need to make our own luck. This group of players have been pretty resilient, we have good players and I don't envisage this team being in a relegation fight come April."

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