Tony Cottee astonished by Crystal Palace form

Ex-West Ham United striker Tony Cottee admits to being perplexed as to where Crystal Palace's Premier League woes began.

Tony Cottee has written in his column for London 24 that he cannot quite understand how Crystal Palace have managed to go the entire calendar year without picking up a Premier League victory.

Alan Pardew's side are hands down the most out-of-form top-flight outfit at the moment, with their last league win coming way back on December 19 when they won 2-1 at Stoke City.

In that time, the Eagles have lost nine of their 13 games to find themselves dragged into the relegation fight, with the Londoners two places and seven points above the drop zone.

Furthermore, Pardew boasts some very accomplished players in his ranks, and the ex-West Ham United striker admits he is perplexed as to how their decline has happened.

"I find it incredible that Alan Pardew’s team have not won a league game all year," he wrote in his column for London 24.

"They have a good side with dangerous players like Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha and they have also reached the FA Cup semi-final so it is difficult to work out why they have struggled this year.

"They are slipping deeper and deeper towards the relegation zone and with teams like Norwich, Sunderland and Newcastle picking up points, they are looking over their shoulders."


It does not get a whole lot easier for Palace this weekend when they visit Champions League qualification candidates West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday.


Palace perhaps did enough earlier in the campaign to ensure they are probably safe from demotion, but few would be surprised to see them sucked further into trouble if their horrendous form continues much longer.


It has, however, been a totally different story in the FA Cup, with Pardew and co preparing for a semi-final with Watford at Wembley next month.

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