Arsenal great Ian Wright comments on Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that Alan Pardew can rescue Crystal Palace from Premier League relegation.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been singing the praises of Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew in The Sun.

Pardew has been in charge of the Eagles for three competitive games, and the London outfit have won all of them.

Palace defeated Dover Athletic 4-0 away from home in the FA Cup third round and then registered back-to-back wins in the Premier League.

A marvellous 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park was followed by a 3-2 away victory over Burnley on Saturday.

Palace are now up to 13th in the Premier League table with 23 points from 22 matches, leading Wright to shower Pardew with praise.

“My old Palace team-mate has got the Eagles flying again and given me real belief that they can beat the drop this year,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun.

“It’s not just the fact that they have won all three of their games under Alan which has been so impressive. It’s the spirit, fight and determination they showed to come back from two goals down at Burnley.

“They did the same thing against Spurs the previous week and players like Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon are relishing the opportunity to make a contribution.”

Palace have indeed looked reinvigorated under Pardew, and the players have stepped up their game.

It will not be easy for the Eagles to stave off relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season, but given the poor form of the some of the other sides around them, they certainly have a chance.

The bottom three - Hull City, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City - are all struggling for points, with Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion also not doing so well at the moment.

If Palace can maintain their current form for the next few games, then they will certainly be in a better position than many of the other relegation candidates in the final weeks of the season.

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