Alan Pardew questioned Crystal Palace players amid winless run

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew was forced to ask his Crystal Palace players whether they were aware of their awful run of results in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew has revealed he was forced to question his Crystal Palace squad's awareness of the club's winless streak.

The Eagles have slowly been sucked into the cusp of a relegation fight following 14 Premier League matches without a victory.

Despite flying as high as third in the table by October, Pardew's men have failed to extract maximum points from a game since the turn of the year, with a 2-1 win over Stoke on December 20 their last league triumph.

The torrid run of form has been widely highlighted, propelling the former Newcastle United head coach to ask his team whether they appreciated the severity of the situation with seven league games yet to play.

Palace currently sit two places and seven points above 18th placed Sunderland, however Pardew understands their negative run of results cannot continue much longer if they are to escape additional pressure.

One day before their 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Saturday, the Palace players were called in for a consultation with their manager to address the situation, with Pardew admitting he had some harsh words for his troop.

“That was a normal, tactical meeting but probably a little bit longer than most," the 54-year-old was quoted saying in The Guardian.

"I just wanted to question the players and ask whether they actually realise what has gone on. Did they know the figures that the press have been using about us because you’d be surprised.

“The players don’t always take on board what has been going on. They go into training and their view is that: ‘Oh, it’s the next game.’ Of course, as managers we are overloaded with stats and information. So I just wanted to remind them of where we were and I think I got a good response.”

Asked if the players were conscious of the run of form, Pardew replied: “They certainly knew after. I made it very clear about my feelings. That is all you are going to get."

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