Pardew urges Palace to go one better than 1990 cup heroes

Alan Pardew

Goals from Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham sealed a 2-1 semi-final win over Watford on Sunday, earning Palace a first FA Cup final appearance since 1990.

Alan Pardew insists his current Crystal Palace side can go one better than the Eagles' 1990 cup final heroes and claim their first major trophy, following an impressive semi-final win over Watford on Sunday.

A successful day at Wembley was sparked into life after just six minutes when Yannick Bolasie headed home after Damien Delaney flicked on Yohan Cabaye's corner.

Watford, who were dealt an early blow when midfielder Etienne Capoue was forced off through injury, restored parity 10 minutes after the break when Troy Deeney nodded home Jose Manuel Jurado's corner.

But Palace secured a first FA Cup final appearance for 26 years just six minutes later when Connor Wickham converted Pape Souare's cross.

Next month's final against Manchester United is a repeat of the 1990 showpiece, which saw the Red Devils initially held to a thrilling 3-3 draw before claiming a 1-0 win in the replay.

Pardew played in both games for Palace along with current first team coach John Salako, and the similarities between his current Eagles squad and that of 1990 are not lost on him.

However, the current boss insists his side are capable of going one step further to lift the trophy for the first time.

Following his side's win, Pardew told the club's official Twitter account: "1990 got a couple of mentions. It's difficult when John Salako's in the room, he talks about it every five minutes.

"It was a well constructed first goal. Steve Coppell can take a bit of credit for that.

"I'm hoping it isn't the same result [as 1990]. This is a different team, a different spirit. The characteristics are similar.

"Hard-working, diligent, good defenders and a bit of pace on the attack."

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