Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew discusses meeting former club Newcastle United this week

Alan Pardew

Newcastle United arrive at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

Crystal Palace continued their good form under new boss Alan Pardew with a 1-0 win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Now Pardew and his new stooges must face his former team Newcastle at Selhurst Park in their next Premier League fixture. The Magpies arrive at Palace on Wednesday night hoping to get one over on their former gaffer.

It is a fixture that Pardew himself is looking forward to. He told the official Crystal Palace website yesterday:

“It will be nice to see John Carver and the boys but this will be a competitive match and I am part of the opposition, which is something I am not used to after being there for four years.

“I am looking forward to it though and hopefully will be a good game and one that we can get the right result from."

Since taking over from Neil Warnock at his beloved Palace Pardew has impressed. His first game in charge was against Dover Athletic in the FA Cup at the start of January. It was a game they won 4-0 and altogether Palace have won five and lost one of the six games since Pardew took over at the club.

Meanwhile John Carver, the man who replaced Pardew as Newcastle boss, has just started to turn things on at St James Park.

He oversaw his team beating Hull City 3-0 at the KC Stadium last weekend but prior to that he oversaw a run of one draw and three defeats at the start of his management career with the club.

Come Wednesday the pair will go head-to-head and while Pardew make it sound light-hearted there is no doubt he will want a win against The Toon more than any of the other teams he has managed at Palace.

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