Belfast Telegraph

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew 'not overly concerned' by three-match losing run

Alan Pardew is confident Crystal Palace will emerge from their recent slump ahead of a "big fixture" at Burnley on Saturday.

The Eagles head to Turf Moor on the back of three straight defeats against West Ham, Leicester and last weekend's 4-2 loss at home to Liverpool.

They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in the league so far this season, so Pardew has been working on plugging the gaps in defence this week.

"Sometimes the Premier League fixture list makes if difficult," he said. "Leicester won the league, then we had Liverpool at home.

"The West Ham game we are kicking ourselves a bit about but our fans know we put in decent displays, so I am not overly concerned.

"I like to think the fans understand. They are a great group to work with they give me everything they've got. We've just fallen short in the last couple of games but there is no concern on my part.

"But this is a big fixture for both clubs - it could send us both up into the top 10."

Palace were this week linked with a January move for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic to fill the void left by Pape Soare, who was injured in a car crash in September.

But Pardew insisted: "There is no interest from us at all.

"Losing Soare was a blow to us as we haven't got the cover on the left that we would like, and if he doesn't come back soon then that's the only area we might look at.

"He's some way from being fit, but he'll be back around the window.

"We just need to get more action down our left-hand side, just to balance us up some more.

"We have worked hard on the training ground this week, and we'll see the result of that on Saturday. The clean sheets is something the media can hang around your neck so we need to get that off our backs.

"We are a really good technical team, with a really good spirit, and although we are in this little run I've no doubt we will get out of it."

Pardew will check on the fitness of Bakary Sako before finalising his squad for the trip north.

The former Wolves forward is a doubt after suffering a minor groin strain in training on Thursday.


From Belfast Telegraph