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Sunday 4 December 2016

Alan Pardew: 'Sunderland need to focus on their own relegation problems'

Alan Pardew suffered four successive defeats against Sunderland as Newcastle manager
Alan Pardew suffered four successive defeats against Sunderland as Newcastle manager

Alan Pardew says Sunderland should be more concerned about his in-form Crystal Palace side than his past as Newcastle manager tomorrow.

Palace beat Manchester City on Monday night and have ambitions of finishing in the Premier League's top 10 this season.

Pardew was the first Newcastle boss to suffer four successive defeats to Sunderland, who last weekend won a fifth Tyne-Wear derby in a row, but is now only thinking about Palace. "We're going there in great form. The stadium will be wary of us, the 11 players on the pitch," Pardew said. "Irrespective of my reception, it's about the 11 players on the pitch and Sunderland fans know that we're in really good form.

"The group is on a high. We have a different type of game tomorrow and we need to make the adjustment quickly."

Pardew insists the Eagles must stick to the characteristics which have seen them soar to 11th place in the table. "It is now about trying to keep our professionalism."

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