Pardew admits concern over aspect of Crystal Palace's performances

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has said he thinks his team are taking too much pressure.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has revealed a major concern over the style of the side in London24.

Pardew feels that his team’s tendency to sit back and take pressure in big games is something, which has to change looking ahead to important games.

“I think it’s natural for this team over the last 12 months to soak up pressure, and I think it’s been proven in the Premier League that you can’t do that forever,” said Pardew.

It’s a fair comment because several sides in the Premier League are well equipped to break down the teams who sit back and defend.

Palace host Arsenal this weekend, who are a side with plenty of experience playing against teams that like to sit back and defend.

One way Palace can ensure they’re not taking too much pressure is to counter attack effectively in games.

Any team, which can counter well can plant seeds of doubt into the minds of the opposition, who will be wary of leaving too much space in behind.

It’s also important that the team protects the ball a little better because it’s impossible for the opposition to score when Palace have possession.

They also have to take any half chances, which fall their way to compensate for the possibility that sides will eventually break through when putting the London club under that pressure.

Palace and Pardew will be determined to put on a positive display against Arsenal this weekend after the defeat to Liverpool.

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