Pardew bids to shore up Palace de­fence

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Crys­tal Palace are con­ced­ing too many goals in the Pre­mier League and must tighten up the de­fen­sive side of their game, man­ager Alan Pardew said yes­ter­day. De­spite scor­ing an im­pres­sive 27 goals in 15 league matches, Palace’s ef­forts have been un­der­mined by a leaky rear­guard which has kept only one clean sheet and con­ceded 29 goals. “Ten goals in three games but we need to tighten up, Southamp­ton (a 3-0 win on Dec. 3) was the bench­mark,” Pardew told re­porters. “De­fend­ing is a team duty. Ev­ery­one has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­fend, even the sub­sti­tutes. That’s some­thing we want to im­prove on. Some­times our sub­sti­tutes haven’t shored us up as well as they should have. “We were pleased with how we de­fended set-pieces at the week­end, that’s one lit­tle box ticked. Now we need to get back to Southamp­ton.” — Reuters

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