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 By Jim Daly

Unsung hero James McArthur leads Crystal Palace past Newcastle

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes their victory against Newcastle United have put them back on track.

It was all about manager Alan Pardew on Saturday as Palace played Newcastle. It hasn't even been a year since he left the Magpies to move to Selhurst Park after a tumultuous five years at St James' Park so, understandably, all the world's media wanted to see how he would against his old team.

As it turns out, he did pretty well, guiding Palace to a thumping 5-1 win; their biggest ever Premier League victory and a result that takes them up to sixth in the table.

And while Pardew lapped up the...

 By Jim Daly

Pardew palaver in Palace vs. Newcastle but Eagles need home comforts

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew faces former club Newcastle United this week.

All eyes will be on Alan Pardew during Saturday's game between Crystal Palace and Newcastle and that's exactly how he likes it. The Eagles boss is absolutely fine at courting attention and after a tumultuous five years at St James' Park, everyone will be keen to see what sort of reaction he gets from the Magpies fans and what he gives back.

But all the Pardew palaver is only going to distract from the real issue for Palace -- they don't score enough goals. Only four teams have let in fewer goals...

 By Jim Daly

Crystal Palace reminded of Premier League realities in Sunderland loss

Jermain Defoe earns Sunderland first away league win of season at Crystal Palace.

The problem with the Premier League is this: because fans are fed the line that it's the greatest league in the world, and staying in it at all costs is the be all and end all, it means every win and every defeat are taken as hyperbolic extremes.

After the win at Liverpool last week some Palace fans were already booking time off work next July for the Eagles' certain Europa League campaign, but after Monday night's home defeat to Sunderland plenty seem to be ready to visit the likes Preston and...

 By Jim Daly

Crystal Palace enjoying their glory days in the Premier League

Crystal Palace are in search of their third win at home as they look to avenge a loss to Sunderland in their last meeting.

An acquaintance of mine is a middle-aged fan of Charlton Athletic. In 2004, when the Addicks were enjoying regular midtable finishes in the Premier League, his then-10-year-old son asked him about the club's glory days. "Son, these are the glory days," his father replied.

By 2009, Charlton were in the third tier of English football and struggling financially. Their fall from grace is something of a lesson to Crystal Palace fans, a reminder to enjoy the moment and be reasonable with expectations....

 By Jim Daly

Roy Hodgson's England won't be able to ignore Wilfried Zaha for much longer

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha isn't in the form of his life, but is he any less deserving than some of England's current fringe internationals?

Only a few years ago, the international break was a chance for Crystal Palace fans to switch off from their beloved Eagles for a fortnight and think about something else -- but not anymore. With Palace doing so well in the Premier League and the squad arguably the strongest it's ever been, there are plenty of players who head off to represent their countries, be it in qualifiers or friendlies.

There are currently 13 internationals in the Palace squad, representing the likes of France, Wales,...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League atmosphere on the wane with ticket prices a concern

Newcastle United fans have had little to cheer about this season.

As part of ESPN FC's look into changing crowd behaviour in the Premier League, we asked our match-going bloggers about their home ground's atmosphere. Is it on the wane? How could things improve?

Click here for a full breakdown on all 20 clubs and whether they believe their club needs to raise its game.

David Mooney, Manchester City

The atmosphere at the Etihad can be terrible -- it's nothing like it was at Maine Road.

What needs to be done is anyone's guess -- grouping vocal fans together and...