Struggling Crystal Palace to train in Spain this week, Alan Pardew says
Alan Pardew is taking his Crystal Palace team to Spain as they prepare for Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Tottenham.
Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at home to Watford, when Troy Deeney scored either side of Emmanuel Adebayor's header for Palace, left them without a league victory since Dec. 19 and at risk of joining the battle against relegation later in the season.
The Cup, however, has provided greater fortune, with wins over Southampton and Stoke their only successes so far in 2016, and 10 years on from leading West Ham to within minutes of winning the competition against Liverpool in 2006, Pardew is replicating a tactic then-Palace manager Steve Coppell used when leading a team featuring Pardew to the 1990 final.
"That was just a thing that we used to do, that run we had to the  Cup final we used to go away for a week, so [it's] a change a scenery, lighten the load a little bit and focus on the Cup," said Pardew, whose team have fallen to 13th in the league. "It was a good experience for us and hopefully it'll be the same for my players.
"It might change the mood a little bit. But it's a training camp for Spurs, and going forward for the second half of the season, so in a way it might turn out to be a good thing for us: we get ourselves away and work on the team, 'cause we'll obviously have some good weather and some good training facilities to do that.
"Just get a bit of warm weather training, work on the team -- we do need to work on the team, there's no doubt about that -- and find a formula that's going to work for us with the injuries that we have.
"Now we've lost Pape Souare [to suspension]. It's significant blows for us, so now we've got to find a balance to the team, where we're going to be able to be effective, in the next period of games."
Watford on Saturday host Leeds, and after their win at Palace took their points total to 36 for the season and therefore his team to the brink of safety, manager Quique Sanchez Flores urged them to focus on progressing to the Cup's quarterfinals.
"We have to do our best in the Cup because I know our fans really want it," said the Spaniard, who is expected to rotate his team. "They want us to follow this result with another win, but for me I want to enjoy this result first because this is really difficult to win [at Palace].
"I respect the competition but I also respect the players in my squad. All the players deserve to play and that's why this season in the Cup I try to put them in the first XI.
"We have 25 players and we can play a strong team. We have a lot of players who train really, really well and deserve to play and in the Cup we have a chance to name a really decent team."