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Crystal Palace boss praises team spirit, hails Dwight Gayle

Alan Pardew

The Eagles are in the midst of a horrendous run of form, and are the only side in England without a league win this year.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has praised his team's spirit, as he moved to dispel rumours of friction within the camp.

The former West Ham boss was adamant that, despite their poor run of form, there is still a good harmony amongst the squad, as reported by Sky Sports.

"When you've had a run like we've had, it's natural to have some friction in the group but I've not sensed it. The reaction is very good here, they're a great group of players to work with."

Pardew was particularly keen to praise his striker, Dwight Gayle, stating his importance to the squad. He told Sky Sports:

"Gayle is our kind of natural goalscorer, and we've not had him in and around the team, through injuries, and when we had a great start to the season he wasn't getting a game.

"When we really needed him, he got injured, so he's had a very fragmented season. He is the one who me and the coaching staff think will get us the goals, whether he starts or comes off the bench, and it's something we have missed this season."

Pardew went on to say how this campaign still has the potential to be considered a great one, with the chance of glory in the FA Cup still a very real possibility. He talked up the importance of ensuring their Premier League safety, and how it will benefit their cup chances:

"It could still be a great season for us but we need to get some points in the league to help that."

The Eagles welcome Norwich City to Selhurst Park on Saturday, with the visitors sitting just three points behind them in the table. 

It is a game that has the potential to define the rest of their season. 

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