Gary Neville has heaped praise on the shoulders of Alan Pardew after his Crystal Palace side pushed themselves back into sixth place with a win over Watford.
Sky Sports’ expert pundit was commentating on the game live, seeing first-hand just how effective the Eagles are on the road under the guidance of Pardew, never looking to be in complete control of the game, but coming away from Vicarage Road with all three points regardless.
Whilst it took a spot kick to give us the lead in Hertfordshire, we seldom looked to be under any degree of major pressure from the hosts, with Wayne Hennessey making one decent save in the second half, despite a decent amount of play taking place around the Palace penalty area.
Now sitting sixth in the Premier League table and joint top in relation to away points, there is little doubt over the Eagles’ top flight credentials, with plenty tipping us for a tilt at the European places by the time May rolls around.
Neville, in fairness to him, appears to share the same level of admiration for Pardew and the Palace squad as many of his contemporaries, feeling as though our fine form under the 54-year-old has gone well beyond the point of being considered a simple flash in the pan.
Looking ahead to the next few weeks, within which Palace will host both West Bromwich Albion and West Ham at Selhurst Park, plenty will feel as though the team are capable of propelling themselves into the top four, should things go their way.
Of course, our overall form is likely to dip a tad in the months to come, but after performing well in both of previous two Premier League campaigns despite horrific spells in the first few months, things are looking brighter than ever for Alan Pardew and his players.