Pardew urges his Crystal Palace players to become heroes

Crystal Palace face Watford on Sunday at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has urged one of his players to become a hero in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, just like he was for the Eagles, 26 years ago.

Palace head to Wembley to take on Watford on Sunday, and Pardew explained to the Evening Standard of the opportunity the players have to make a name for themselves:

“One of them could end up like I was as a player. As a manager you are never going to be the hero. The real hero is going to be the one who scores the winning goal or has a great game. That is who the fans remember."

The Eagles have endured a dismal season since the turn of the year, and currently sit in 16th position in the Premier League following a run of just one win in 18 league games.

The FA Cup has proved to be a pleasant distraction, however, and Pardew explained what a boost it would be to the football club to bring home some silverware:

"It is a great opportunity for us. And on the playing side we have an opportunity to win a trophy that does not come around very often. We have to understand that this is special in the history of this club."

The South London outfit are by no means safe from relegation just yet, and with Sunderland and Newcastle United in Premier league action over the weekend, their position in the table could be made to look all the more worrying come Sunday evening.

However, a victory against Watford will surely give the Palace players the boost they need to kick on in the league, and ensure their Premier league status for another season. 

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