London: Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has called on his team to improve their home form ahead of Aston Villa`s visit to Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The Eagles lost 10 games and drew another three at home last season and were defeated 2-1 again by Arsenal on Sunday after winning 3-1 away against Norwich City in their opening fixture of the current campaign.
"We`ve got to win at home, every home game I`ll be thinking that this year," Pardew said. "We lost to Arsenal. That was a cracking game... I thought we played well... but we got beat by the better team.
"I was really pleased with the performance, but we need to turn that into a result at home.
"We need to win more than half our home games and I think we can do that this year."
Both Palace and Villa are on three points and Pardew is anticipating a tough game when Tim Sherwood`s side visit.
"They`ve started well and Tim`s brought in a whole new batch of players," Pardew was quoted as saying on Palace`s website (www.cpfc.co.uk).
"The two games they`ve played they`ve been cohesive and Tim will be pleased with that. Obviously they`ve got talent there, so it will be a difficult game (for us)."
Midfielder James McArthur has hailed Pardew`s impact on the club and backed new signing Yohan Cabaye to make a mark.
"Everyone in the changing room pushes each other and the manager demands high standards. You can see his ambition and I think that`s great," the 27-year-old said.
"When he first came in he demanded that we played a certain brand of football that was attractive, with pace and power, and I think we`ve got that. So it makes for really exciting times at Crystal Palace right now," McArthur added.
"It`s a really big statement that we signed Yohan. He`s a top quality player.
"When you`re playing alongside him you`re getting used to the way he plays, I think it`s great for myself," he said.
"Everyone knows that I`m more of a ball-winner and will try to give it to players like (Yannick) Bolasie, (Wilfried) Zaha, (Jason) Puncheon and he`s another one that you can trust to give the ball to and he`ll have an influence on the match."