Alan Pardew: This is what Crystal Palace must do to have a great season

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Crystal Palace have made a bright start to the Premier League campaign but, after defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, Alan Pardew is demanding more.

Alan Pardew has told South London Today that Crystal Palace will only have had a 'great season' if they finish in the top-half of the Premier League table, and go on a cup run.

The Eagles have made rapid strides over a short period of time under Pardew's stewardship, but he is keen to ensure that they do not rest on their laurels.

Despite a positive start to the new campaign, the 54-year-old is still seeking an improvement from his squad and says that he has high standards for them to match. 

“I’m an experienced manager, I know a good side when I see one - this is a good side," he said. "We need to tighten up in certain little areas, be stronger in the mind and we can achieve a great season. A great season for us is top 10, maybe higher than that, and a cup competition. Those should be our goals."

Palace's form over the opening weeks of the new season has been strong, but defeats to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent fixtures have clearly aggravated Pardew.

That suggests how far the club have come, though, and they will still be able to reflect on their start as a positive one.

At the moment the Eagles sit in eighth place in the Premier League table, and they have shown flashes of the quality which has made them such a dangerous side. 

Palace have one of the most threatening attacking line-ups in England, with the unpredictable nature of their offensive players making them difficult to handle, and they will be looking to get back to winning ways on Wednesday night when they take on Charlton Athletic in the Capital One Cup. 

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