Pardew desperate to get back on track

THERE is no greater incentive to win your next home than losing to your near neighbours and Charlton boss Alan Pardew knows his side are under added pressure after Tuesday's defeat at Crystal Palace.

Derek Davis

THERE is no greater incentive to win your next home than losing to your near neighbours and Charlton boss Alan Pardew knows his side are under added pressure after Tuesday's defeat at Crystal Palace.

Charlton have also lost their past two home games and have not found any real form so far this season.

Pardew said: “Ultimately we have to win on Saturday and there is some big pressure on us and we need to get a result to make everyone associated with Charlton feel a little bit happier with themselves."

Pardew prefers playing against a footballing team like Ipswich and sees this game as the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways.

He said: “There were two scenarios on Tuesday night. We were either going to match the war game which Neil Warnock plays or we were going to play our game in terms of trying to influence the game by passing it and that was the side which I thought let us down.

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“I've seen some criticism that we weren't up for the fight or as aggressive as Crystal Palace were, but my team isn't made up - my side needs to play football a bit more and get it down with some nice mini set-plays because we are controlling the ball.

“We haven't done that to any great degree this year, although we've won games where part of me feels we lack a bit of control over the game.

“That is something I've worked on with the players and hopefully control the game to a greater degree."

Pardew is looking to make changes and that could see Zheng Zhi and Nick Bailey in midfield with former Town skipper Matt Holland dropped to the bench.

With on-loan Portsmouth defender Leroy Primus injured, England Under 21 defender Martin Cranie could move to centre half with Jose Semedo going to right back and Grant Basey on the left.

Former Ipswich captain Matt Holland could lose out in central midfield as Zheng Zhi returns from injury and with Nick Bailey, signed from Southend, set to keep his place.

Pardew said: “Todorov comes into the mix because I thought he did ok while ZiZi and Andy Gray are in the mix.”

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