Alan Pardew sets new Crystal Palace target

Alan Pardew Crystal Palace manager Premier League

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Boss Alan Pardew wants his Crystal Palace side to finish in the top half of the table after they picked up another win against Manchester City.

The Eagles beat the Blues 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Monday night thanks to goals from Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon, with Yaya Toure’s reply for the visitors proving to be no more than a consolation.

Pardew’s men, who were languishing in the relegation zone when he took over as manager, have moved up to 11th place in the table and the former Newcastle boss now wants them to climb even higher.

He said: “You’ve got to set goals and adjust them to how you perform and we’re performing really well.

“We’re in the top four for form in the country and we’ll take that into the next game.

“We’ve had three wins in a row now, QPR here, Stoke away, which is never easy and Man City – they’re big games to win.”

Pardew has been in charge for 11 Premier League games and Palace have taken 22 points from them.

The win over City saw the Eagles leapfrog Everton in the table and they are now three points behind West Ham and Stoke City in ninth and 10th place respectively.

Palace (2.70 to win) return to Premier League action at Sunderland (2.80) on Saturday as they look to chase down the Hammers and the Potters, with four of the Eagles’ last six games taking place at home.

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