OPPOSITION VIEW: Pardew plans changes

By SFC Media Wed 21 Sep Saints vs Palace

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says he plans to rotate his team for tonight’s EFL Cup game against Southampton.

The former Saints boss will take his side to St Mary’s for the third-round fixture, as both clubs bid for a place in the last 16 of the competition.

With the match sandwiched between Premier League games against Stoke City, which the Eagles won 4-1 on Sunday, and Sunderland, who they visit this weekend, Pardew explained that he will be making some alterations.

“Of course we want to win it, but I want to see a few other players, and I have got to rest the guys who played against Stoke for the weekend at Sunderland,” he said.

“I have definitely got to give some game time to some players on Wednesday, as we had a few players who missed pre-season. So they must play at a certain level. There will be a lot of changes for the League Cup game.”

Palace midfielder Joe Ledley said: “It doesn't matter who the gaffer puts out, you are going to represent Crystal Palace Football Club and you have to go and perform to the best possible standard that you can.

“Obviously, it is going to be difficult, because Southampton are a good team with a good squad and we will need to go there and perform.

“We have played them a few times in cups and come out on top, but we don't want to jinx that and we know it will be a hard game.”


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