By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has heaped praises on Watford’s Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney ahead of their FA Cup semifinal clash at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Pardew faced the media on Friday in his pre-match press conference and admitted that the Watford strikers can cause havoc when the teams clash.
“We are well-matched teams, similar teams. They were tight games (against Watford in the league). When we’re (Palace) in full flow we have the edge on them, I think.
“But their front two (Ighalo and Deeney) can do so much damage that they make up for any deficiency they may have defensively,” Pardew noted.
The former Newcastle United boss said his players have been practicing penalties ahead of Sunday’s match.
“We’ve introduced it to training this week. It’s a skill we want to be comfortable with. You can’t recreate the tension of that walk up to the spot, but we want to be confident in our ability.
“To get to a cup final would be extra special. It’s been our aim all along and we have a real chance of achieving it. It’s the players’ time to become heroes.”
The manager also confirmed there is no injury worries at the club apart from long term absentees Brede Hangeland and Maroune Chamakh. He further told the media he will make up his mind on team selection on Saturday.