Alan Pardew surprised by Crystal Palace's defending

Crystal Palace kept a clean sheet to make it through in the FA Cup yesterday.

Alan Pardew has admitted to the London Evening Standard that he was surprised by how well his Crystal Palace defended in the second half of their FA Cup match yesterday. 

Palace beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, as they caused an upset.

And Pardew claims that Crystal Palace won’t understand the magic of the FA Cup until they progress to the latter stages of the competition.

"The guys showed [that]. We were resilient," Pardew told the London Evening Standard. "We defended well, which you have to do at Spurs. We broke well and the second half, if I'm honest, I was surprised that we handled that so well. We really did well in the second half.

"I said to the players in the changing room, 'You won't know the effects and the impact the FA Cup has until you reach the quarter-finals, the semi-final and the final. Then you understand this competition and the romance of it’."

Pardew’s motivational talk seemed to work, as Palace put in a battling display at White Hart Lane.

After Martin Kelly scored, the Eagles were forced to defend for much of the contest - but they refused to be beaten.

Spurs threw everything at them, but Pardew’s men fended off all of the host’s attempts, as they picked up their first win in four matches.

It is the first time in over 20 years that Palace have reached the quarter finals in the FA Cup.

The Eagles will face Reading at the Madjeski Stadium in the next round, with a place at Wembley the reward for the winners.

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