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VIDEO: Watch Murray & Zaha’s Stoke Goals From The Stands

As always, PalaceFanTV have uploaded their footage from our most recent game, capturing the fans’ reaction to both Glenn Murray’s penalty and Wilfried Zaha’s winner perfectly.

On a day when Palace secured their sixth away win in seven games under Alan Pardew, our supporters were in fine voice, having sold out the 2,900 allocation given to us by Stoke in rapid fashion.

With the sun shining and Pardew’s tactics working perfectly, the players ground out another massive three points to keep us 11 clear of the bottom three with just eight games left to play, all but securing our status in the Premier League for another season with nearly two months to spare.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Britannia Stadium for the game itself, this video is as close as you can get to having been there; if you were, why not spend a few minutes of your Monday evening re-living it? There are far worse ways to spend 10 minutes…

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Palace Are Already Planning Summer Transfers After Latest Win

Alan Pardew is excited by the prospect of what Crystal Palace can do in the transfer market over the summer, as he plans to lay foundations for long-term growth at Selhurst Park. 

With our sixth away win in seven games under his guidance last weekend, we now sit in 11th place, 11 points clear of the bottom three with just eight games left, allowing the club to begin planning properly for the upcoming transfer window, with Pardew clearly enthused by the prospect. 

“I think we now come into the same category as everybody below the likes of Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool. We are in that group now and the most important thing is to try to trade well.” 

It is a bit like when you get promoted having gone through the play-offs. 

“We are pretty secure in approaching clubs and players that we are a Premier League side and have the finance to do what we say we are going to do. So it does give us a slight advantage.”

With so many clubs below us still looking over their shoulders at the bottom three, the Eagles boss will be free to scour the market with a degree of freedom for the next few weeks, which as he so readily points out, gives us a significant advantage when the window does evenetuay open once again. 

Although no one is exactly sure where the manager feels we need strengthening, we are likely to see the calibre of our transfer targets noticeably increase, partly as a consequence of our continued Premier League status, but also as a result of Josh Harris’ impending takeover, which should in theory, only serve to strengthen our financial footing in years to come. 

With the likes of Loic Remy and Papiss Cisse having already been linked with summer moves to south London, there is a belief that the club are on the verge of stepping up to the figurative next level, both on and off the field, a sign of progress that the manager is seemingly more than happy to embrace. 

For a club who have nearly been forced out of business twice in the last 20 years, the last three have been nothing short of incredible; not that Alan Pardew or his players have any intentions of slowing down just yet. 

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