Palace have won five out of seven games since Pardew took over at the club and Millen says the??squad are in high spirits ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round??clash with Liverpool at Selhurst Park .
Millen, who was taking the pre-match press conference because Pardew was unwell,??said: “The confidence has grown since Alan has come in.??
“We have had a great run of results and we have had players come back – Mile Jedinaki is back,??Yannick Bolasie is back and it’s good to have them around.??
“We have added the players in the transfer window and the squad is without doubt??the strongest squad I’ve known here. It’s a good competition for places and there??is a real buzz around the training ground.”
“Alan has been really clear in what he wants the team to do. He knew we were very structured and??well organised before, strong on the counter-attack ??? that was our DNA ??? but he wants us to develop??our game and have more possession.??
“We look dangerous, getting balls in the box and looking like we’ll score goals. We’re really pleased??with the way the players have bought into what Alan has asked. The confidence is there. That’s showing.???
“He definitely wants us to have more possession. We’ve done a lot of work in training on that.??You get results and the confidence grows, the belief grows. The players want to look after the ball better.??We have strength in depth which helps. A number of factors have helped us. Alan’s confidence, enthusiasm and??belief… that’s shown with the players. They’re a good group, a happy group to work with.???
Millen confirmed that James McArthur (thigh) and Shola Ameobi (fitness) are struggling, but Pape??Souare has received a work permit and may face Liverpool.
“Bolaise is fine and available for selection. Yaya Sanogo has a tight hamstring so we will have to see??how he is and McArthur has a thigh problem and could be struggling.
“Shola Ameobi is not available yet – he’s not quite fit. Souare’s permit is all done and he’s??available and has trained this week and he looks ok and is certainly in the squad.
“We will pick a team that’s fully fit and good enough to win it. It’s a big game for us.??We’ll not be resting players. Liverpool are on a great run, playing well.??
“The manager will pick a team he feels can win the game. But we have real competition for places. There might??be some changes to freshen it up. We played Wednesday so it’s a big ask. We have a few missing through injury,??but we’ll put a strong team out there.???
Millen condemned the incident where Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was struck by an object on??at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.
The Argentinian defender was hit by what appeared to be a coin as the Newcastle players??celebrated their goal in a 1-1 draw against Palace.
He said: “It’s one person who’s done that and the club are investigating. It’s not acceptable.??
“The fans here, though, are fantastic. That was one unfortunate incident with one person. It’s??important we regret that, and the stewards will do his job.”