Ian Wright praises superb Crystal Palace achievement

Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace defeated Liverpool 2-1 at the weekend.

Former striker Ian Wright has reserved special praise for Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side following yet another victory over Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, The Sun report.

Since taking over the vacancy at Selhurst Park last January, Pardew has guided Palace through a thrilling journey - one many supporters will certainly not forget in a hurry.

The stadium is packed to the rafters, the atmosphere is one of the best in the Premier League and, in players such as Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie, this team has plenty of ability.

  PlayedWonDrawnLostGoalsGoals ConcededPoints
C. Palace 30 16 2 12 41 33 50

As Opta stats show, Pardew’s record as Palace boss stands proud and clear. Played 30, won 16, 41 goals scored, a positive goal difference of eight and a superb 50 points.

But, writing in his blog for The Sun, Wright instead focused on another special Palace feat and that was their ability to beat Liverpool at Anfield for the second time in six months.

"Talking of defining games, what about my old mate Alan Pardew pulling off another win at Liverpool yesterday?" former Palace and Arsenal striker Wright wrote.

"We were both in the Palace side which so looked forward to going to Anfield after we won promotion in 1989, and got thumped 9-0."

"I’m sure he’ll still use that game as part of his pre-match talk, warning his players you can get tanked there if you’re not on your game. It may not be the Liverpool team of old but it’s still one heck of an achievement."

Gone are the days of Liverpool beating the Eagles 9-0. In fact, the Reds are probably sick of the sight of the south Londoners as Palace have won their last three league meetings between the sides.

It remains to be seen just how far Pardew can take Palace in terms of league position and status within the footballing community. But one thing for certain is he will be given ample time at the club.

The former Newcastle United boss often wears a huge smile these days and he deserves every success which come his way following the criticism he had to endure in previous years gone by.

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