Pardew on the 'wonderful quality' Palace had before he arrived

Alan Pardew has praised the attitude of his Crystal Palace squad.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told the Daily Mail that he is delighted to have inherited a squad with so much fight in it.

Pardew says that he is still finding out about his players, but he has no doubt about his side's character.

He says the Eagles proved their will to win well before he arrived and he is pleased to be in charge of a dressing room with a never-say-die attitude.

"The pressure on us is now a different one. One of expectation, of (avoiding) complacency and can we cope with those different pressures," he said.

"As a manager you're finding out about your team. What I do know is when the fight comes, when we really have to grind, this team has proven it has got that in it. It's a wonderful quality that they had before I arrived."

Palace have regularly shown their fighting spirit over recent seasons, but they have also shown their quality since Pardew has arrived.

Under Neil Warnock the Eagles had looked a combative unit, but not a particularly threatening one.

However, since Pardew has taken charge they have become one of the most potent attacking units in the Premier League and look to have the capabilities to compete with the very best.

Their recent victory over Manchester City was a prime example of the progress that they have already made under Pardew and the hope is that they can continue to improve next season, when they will be looking to claim a place in the top-half.

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