Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes his team should take note of West Ham's success in the Barclays Premier League this season. The Hammers have finished 10th and 13th since securing promotion from the Championship in 2012 and Sam Allardyce's side have pushed on again this term, maintaining a challenge for the league's European places.
Palace are on course to survive their second consecutive season in the top flight, and visit Upton Park on Saturday.
"Are West Ham a model club for a team like us? Of course, the problem at Palace is the history, it's a yo-yo club," Pardew said.
"The second year in the Premier League, this is the toughest year.
"In the first year after promotion, you can get by with this sheer excitement and adrenaline that being in the Premier League can provide.
"In the second year that kind of runs out and you then are leaning on what you have in the building in terms of quality.
"We're hoping we've got enough in the building to overcome that second year.
"It's a very, very difficult thing to do but once you've done that, you can stabilise if you buy and trade well.
"Stoke, West Ham, Southampton, Newcastle - they've all done that in recent years."
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