Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser, Joel Ward has highlighted two things Alan Pardew brought to Crystal Palace that they were lacking under Neil Warnock.
The Eagles secured a 3-1 victory over QPR on Saturday, registering their first win at home since January, and moving them well clear of the relegation scrap.
Since Pardew’s appointment as head coach, his first return to Selhurst Park since leaving as a player in 1991, the London club have enjoyed a rejuvenation that should comfortably see them remain in the top flight.
Having dealt with the loss of Tony Pulis prior to the start of the season poorly - the appointment of Neil Warnock did little for the club - Pardew has stabilised the situation, and appears to be enjoying his time since departing Newcastle United.
This enjoyment has spread to the players, who are clearly happy to be playing under Pardew. They have lost just three league games since his appointment, and defender Ward, a mainstay of the starting XI, told the Croydon Advertiser what Pardew has brought to the club since his arrival.
Speaking after the 3-1 victory, in which Ward managed to score, the 25-year-old said: "We're playing with confidence and we're playing with a purpose. When you have got that and everyone is reading off the same sheet, it infiltrates right through the team.”
With survival all-but guaranteed, and little else to play for this term, Pardew will likely start planning for next season in the coming weeks, and he will be hoping to continue his great start into his first full campaign at Selhurst Park.