Martin Kelly praises Alan Pardew's impact at Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly has been impressed by Alan Pardew's start at the club.

Martin Kelly has told South London Today that Alan Pardew has already made his mark on the Crystal Palace squad.

Pardew took charge at Selhurst Park back in January, following Neil Warnock's dismissal, and has wasted no time in overseeing improvements.

The 53-year-old has got the Eagles playing a stylish brand of football and has helped them to climb the Premier League table at a rapid rate.

It has been an impressive start for Pardew and ex-Liverpool man Kelly is clearly enjoying working under the former Newcastle United manager.

“He has stamped his authority well,” he said. “We know what he expects. Every lad is trying to push himself and get better. That’s a massive reason we’ve become safe in the Premier League.

“With the players in our squad we’ve come to a point on a Saturday where we don’t fear any team - home or away.

“If we get a good start next season we can set our targets and go from there.”

Palace are currently in a very respectable 12th place in the top-flight standings, with Pardew's changes make a big impact.

The Eagles had threatened to break into the top-half at one stage, but their recent form has tailed off slightly and they now sit five points adrift in that particular race with only six left to play for.

Palace have lost their last four matches and will be keen to get back to winning ways when they take on Liverpool at the weekend.

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