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Pardew: It's up to us to unlock them

1 December 2017

ALAN Pardew says the onus is on Albion to "unlock" a disciplined Crystal Palace side in his first game as Baggies boss.

Pardew will take to the Hawthorns dugout for the first time against his former club in a game that also sees Roy Hodgson return to his old stomping ground.

And with three Premier League points on the line, Albion's Head Coach admitted he's expecting a tough test from an "organised" side led by a "professional" manager.

"West Brom fans will know Roy's teams. They're very organised and it's difficult to get through them," said Alan.

"They've now got a base to go forward and throw their atacking flair on the pitch. The two wide players are obviously a threat, Loftus-Cheek has done terrific for them.

"They look on paper a lot better than the points that they have.

"Roy's manner is very professional. It's going to be up to us to unlock them if we can, get through them and see if we can disrupt the game a little.

"If we can disrupt the game a bit we'll be okay."


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