Puncheon: How Pardew's Newcastle experience helps Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew

The 28-year-old believes his manager's experience with the Magpies will be hugely beneficial to the Eagles.

Jason Puncheon believes Alan Pardew's experience at Newcastle United will be vital to Crystal Palace's fortunes this term, according to the London Evening Standard.

Pardew has seen his Crystal Palace side win three out of three games in all competitions since he left Newcastle for Selhurst Park, with an FA Cup clash at Southampton coming up tomorrow.

And Puncheon believes it is his experience of handling some higher-quality players at St James' Park that will help Palace most.

Indeed, the 28-year-old insists Pardew's higher demands based on what he has seen in the past at Newcastle are what is driving Crystal Palace to success.

"He has instilled a belief in the players,” says Puncheon. “The fans respond to him because he has been here before and that breeds a positive energy around the whole place. He demands certain things to get the best out of you, so it has been good.

“He has managed at a big club in Newcastle for five years and managed some great players. That can only help us because he knows the expectations he has of his players, so you have to prove yourself even if you have played for him before.”

Of course, this could all just be part of a honeymoon period for Pardew at Crystal Palace, with a tough test lying ahead when it comes to keeping the Eagles in the Premier League.

But Puncheon's claims make sense when it comes to experience, as the 53-year-old spent a number of years dealing with European-class players at Newcastle.

The forward, meanwhile, has been one of the key beneficiaries of Pardew's Selhurst Park tenure so far, finding top form during the side's recent victories.

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