Like most of you, I don’t have much positive to say about Alan Pardew, but I have to give him credit for his tribute to Ronnie Corbett.

For those of you who don’t know, the second of the fabulous Two Ronnies has sadly passed away at the age of 85 – true comedy greats.

At his press conference on Thursday afternoon ahead of Palace’s visit to West Ham on Saturday, Alan Pardew was asked about the passing of Ronnie Corbett.

It turns out that the diminutive comedian was a Crystal Palace fan and Alan Pardew had this to say when asked about Ronnie Corbett:

“He contributed so much to entertainment. When I was growing up he and Ronnie Barker had me in stitches.

“He was a Palace fan, we have lost one of our smallest fans.”

Despite the misery surrounding Newcastle United it made me smile; ‘…one of our smallest fans’ – very good.

As for the relegation fight, Alan Pardew can see Palace getting ‘caught’ if they don’t start and get the points their ‘commitment and desire’ (according to Pardew) deserve:

“Our commitment and desire can’t be faulted. Now we just need to get a few wins.

 “We have a challenge in front of us, the teams below are going to hunt points and we’re in a position to be caught.

“We’re just trying to get the points that we need before the (FA Cup) semi-final That’s our focus.”

If Palace lose to the Hammers and Sunderland beat West Brom, plus Norwich beat Newcastle, it would leave Alan Pardew’s team only two points ahead of the Canaries and four ahead of the mackems.