Alan Pardew wants to see Crystal Palace playing with the freedom and creative spirit that helped them survive in the Premier League last season, if they are to repeat the trick.
Pardew watched his side come from behind to defeat Spurs at Selhurst Park on Saturday but said in the aftermath that he has sensed in training this week that his players are playing with a hint of fear.
“You can’t win Premier League games if you are going to be super disciplined and super straight, you have to take chances and take risks,” Pardew said.
Palace travel to Burnley in their next game and the Eagles are priced at 2.80 to maintain Pardew’s perfect record since taking over from Neil Warnock.
Burnley – fresh from a vital home win against QPR – are 2.35 favourites with the draw at 3.15.
Pardew’s intention is to allow his players to adopt more freedom in their approach.
“I think this team has the shackles on, you can sense it in training this week,” he added. “The exuberance they had towards the end of last year, I knew it wasn’t going to get out of them unless we got an early goal or something worked for us.”
Adlene Guedioura came off the bench at half time and while his new manager has seen very little of him, he has done enough to impress.
Pardew said there were “flashes” in training to suggest Guedioura could make an impact and he credited the midfielder for taking the game to Spurs after Harry Kane gave the visitors the lead.
“He changed it for us. He took the game on ten yards for us and then we made changes from there and it kind of kicked in ironically when Spurs scored,” added the Palace boss.