Crystal Palace were defeated by Tottenham last weekend.
Palace fell to a 1-0 defeat to Spurs last weekend, and Alan Pardew has told the Croydon Advertiser that after the game he admitted to his players that he has not plans to finish mid-table this season.
He said: “I told the players after the game I don't want to be in mid-table. It's not for me, we're better than that. I'm an experienced manager and I know a good side when I see one – and this is a good side. A little bit of improvement and we could find ourselves competing at the top end of the division.”
Palace have started this season well, although their record of three wins and three losses should arguably have been improved upon.
They have played tough games, defeating Chelsea, but losing to Manchester City, and if Pardew wants a real chance of pushing for the upper reaches of the Premier League, the game against Spurs was one which should have finished in victory.
Tottenham are a team who will be fighting for the European places once again this term, and defeating them would have shown that Palace were good enough to also push for those top six places.
The Eagles play an exciting brand of attacking football, and in Pardew they have a manager with a solid game plan and an ability to set up a team which is hard to beat.
However, he is poor at in-game management, and his desire to always win is likely behind some of the recent losses.
Rather than pushing for victories against Spurs and City, Palace could easily have sat back for the 0-0 draw, and if those results were picked up, the South London club would currently be sitting in the top five.
Pardew believes he has a good enough side to challenge higher than mid table, but he needs to overcome his own limitations if Palace are to seriously live up to their potential in the Premier League this season.