Crystal Palace sat fifth in the Premier League in late December, looking like a shock contender to challenge for Europe.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they haven’t won a league match since then, a run now up to ten games, as the club has dropped all the way down to 14th.
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Palace still has an eight-point gap above the drop zone, but that isn’t calming the nerves of manager Alan Pardew.
Speaking ahead Palace’s match at Sunderland on Tuesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET online via Live Extra), Pardew said that the club is still fighting for survival and that things need to change quickly.
Yes, of course we are [in a relegation battle]. We keep losing.
There is no talk of Europe at this club. We are focused now on what Crystal Palace need to deliver in this next 10 games.
We all need to pull our fingers out. Me, the staff and the players. We know it’s the biggest game of the season for Sunderland, and in some ways it’s the biggest game of the season for us.
Sunderland are just a point below safety, and a win in Tuesday’s match could see the Black Cats move out of the bottom three for the first time since November.
With 11 matches to play and an eight-point buffer above the drop, Crystal Palace shouldn’t come too close to actually being in a relegation battle. However, the team has far too much talent to even be having these conversations, and Tuesday is the perfect time to end disappointing few weeks at Selhurst Park.