Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew hopes Aston Villa can survive the drop

Remi Garde's men picked up only their second win of the season against the Eagles.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has made a surprise admission that he hopes that Aston Villa can survive the drop this season after Remi Garde's men managed to secure a narrow victory against the Eagles, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The Villains had defender Joleon Lescott - and Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey - to thank for the narrow victory at Villa Park, which was only the club's second win of the season. And despite watching his side lose, Pardew admitted that he hopes that Tuesday's victory will inspire the Premier League's bottom side towards safety.

"They're a great club and the Premier League wouldn't want to lose a club of this magnitude so I hope that they can resolve it," he told the Mail.

Despite the win, Villa remain four points behind second-bottom side Sunderland and eight points adrift of the team directly above the relegation zone, Swansea City. 

Nevertheless, the win - the first of Garde's tenure - is likely to provide the squad with a major boost moving forward. Although they have previously beaten Bournemouth this season, as well as Birmingham in the Capital One Cup, the victory against Palace was their first against top-half opposition, and should give them great belief when they come up against high-flyers Leicester City this weekend.

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