Alan Pardew believes an extended FA Cup run can breed a “winning mentality” to boost Crystal Palace’s Premier League relegation battle.
New boss Pardew took charge of Palace for the first time after leaving Newcastle in a 4-0 third-round FA Cup victory at Conference club Dover.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley refused to view cup progress as a priority during Pardew’s four years on Tyneside, but the former Eagles midfielder is now keen for Palace to fight on all fronts.
Pardew postponed talk of his Newcastle exit “for another day” in the wake of Palace’s routine cup win, where Scott Dan headed a brace and Dwight Gayle and Kevin Doyle also found the net.
“I said to the players that an FA Cup run gives confidence and it breeds a winning mentality,” said Pardew. “And it was important that we won the game.
“So we’re in the hat and, like in any cup competition, if you’re in it, you can win it.”
Pardew attempted to hold his tongue on all matters Newcastle after just 48 hours in the Selhurst Park hotseat, but his cup ambitions indicate his true feelings on the Magpies’ recent pragmatism.
Newcastle won just one FA Cup match in their four years under Pardew, with owner Ashley’s focus on the Premier League revealed at a May 2014 board meeting.
Pardew refused to answer questions on Newcastle, but did hint he would address his Newcastle departure ahead of Palace’s Premier League clash with Tottenham on January 10.