Alan Pardew explains why his Crystal Palace squad are suited to away games

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace defeated Watford 1-0 away from home on Sunday.

A Yohan Cabaye penalty gave Palace a hard-fought 1-0 win on Sunday, and Alan Pardew has told London24 that his team is well suited to playing away from home due to the pace all the players possess.

“We’ve got good players for an away team because we’ve got good pace,” the manager said.

Palace’s squad possesses arguably the most strength in depth in the attacking midfield positions in the entire league, even if there are weaknesses elsewhere.

The likes of Bakary Sako, Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie all provide pace and strength on the wings, whilst Cabaye and Jason Puncheon sit deeper to utilise their incredible passing range to great effect.

It was always going to be a hard game for Watford to stay in, although their full-backs - Allan Nyom and Ikechi Anya - performed admirably.

Sako and Bolasie were reserved due to a strong period of defensive work, and it was not until Zaha came on that the Hornets looked truly threatened.

His added pace meant that Nyom was once again under threat, and it was the 27-year-old who slid in to give away the penalty, which was then converted.

Palace have played four away games so far this term, winning three, whilst only managing to secure victory in one of their three home games.

It appears as if their squad is well suited to the style of counter attacking football that is played away from home, and Pardew’s work is cut out to ensure his Eagles side can establish their home form playing a similar style of football.

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