Pardew: Palace enjoying the cup

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew admits that his side enjoy taking a break from their Premier League struggles after their 2-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup on Friday.

Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 86th minute at the Madejski Stadium before Fraizer Campbell added a second in injury time, sending the Eagles through to the semi-finals.

"I'm pleased for our fans who have suffered in our home games of late," Pardew said, referring to their terrible league form, which has seen them go 12 games without a win.

"It's great to see that end happily with a semi-final to come. Great forward play from Zaha, Bolasie and Adebayor, which was quite exciting at every level, so we have to take that into the next game.

"We were good and I was pleased for the players. It took a penalty to break them down in the end. I thought it was going to go to a replay, if I'm honest.

"A semi-final in the Cup brings an excitement to you, and we hope that rubs off on our league form. We've had to win at Southampton and Tottenham, Stoke at home and now at Reading, and yet we can't get a win in the league.

"We've been pressure conscious of late, but that wasn't there in the Cup. We have 10 games left now and we're looking forward to them."

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