Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes that his side’s 1-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup was down to their recent training camp.
Pardew pleased with training camp boost
“It was important and the timing of it was good because of the league form,” Pardew said in his press conference. “We needed to sit ourselves down and go, it ain’t been that bad. Let’s kick on now with these final 12, 13 games that we’ve got left’.”
Pardew and his team travelled to Spain after their 2-1 defeat at home to Watford in the Premier League to prepare for the cup clash.
The Eagles set up in an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation in their first game back, which proved successful, showing that the time away gave Pardew and his coaching staff a chance to freshen up their sides approach, in an attempt to turn around their poor form in the last few months.
Eagles beat London rivals in Cup
Palace’s first victory since the end of January was clinched thanks to right back Martin Kelly’s first goal since November 2011; a strike from close range which proved too powerful for Tottenham Keeper Michel Vorm.
"We’re resilient. We defended well, which you have to do at Spurs," said Pardew. "We broke well and second half, if I’m honest, I was surprised we handled that so well.”
The 54-year-old believes that his side will now start to feel the benefit of remaining in the world’s oldest cup competition.
Pardew excited FA Cup impact
“I said to the players in the changing room, you won’t know the effects and the impact the FA Cup has until you reached the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final. Then you understand this competition and the romance of it.”
Palace’s reward for beating Spurs is a trip to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading on the 12th of March, and they are hoping to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1995.