Pardew expecting a festive battle

Charlton manager Alan Pardew says he is wary of rejuvenated Norwich - and the Carrow Road crowd.

Charlton manager Alan Pardew says he is wary of rejuvenated Norwich - and the Carrow Road crowd.

"They've got some good results," he said. "I do like Norwich as a club and you like to go there.

"The fans are good and obviously once they get their tails up they are a difficult team to play at Carrow Road, so we've got to go there in difficult circumstances for us with the injuries we have.

"But I look at the league table and that should be a boost for everyone in the changing room to see we are not far away still."

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The Addicks sit in one of the promotion places, despite the sort of inconsistent form which saw them held to a 1-1 home draw by Hull on Saturday, while City are out of the drop zone after a fine run of form which has seen them lose just once in their last seven games.

"The tougher examination of me

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is my team's disjointed performance (against Hull)," said Pardew, who also saw defender Danny Mills red-carded.

"I've tried to give some reasons for that, but it still hurts me my team haven't played well.

"The incident with Danny just puts a little cherry on the disappointment."

He added: "We will go away and be back in the morning where we will address all of those things and try to be better for Norwich and I think we will be."

Mills is due to return to Manchester City on January 1 and Pardew admitted his sending off had now put a question mark over the possibility of extending his stay.

"I am so sad that his loan period at this moment ends on the back of this because he doesn't deserve that," Pardew added. "He has been terrific for us so it is a shame, but he always plays on the edge.

"If you play on the edge, unfortunately you are going to have days like today.

"I've got to talk to the chairman and absorb the events of today because, in all honesty, I don't want my team to act in that manner."

"I've got to walk on egg shells with this one in terms of Danny because I like him as a lad and I can't offer much excuse for him today.

"I feel he is probably big and bold enough to hold his hands up and say he has made a couple of bad calls.

"You can't say what he has reportedly said. Of course he will take a fine and I don't really know what else to say about it. I'm disappointed in his actions and I'm sure he is.

"I will speak to him and I know Danny will be sitting there regretting it now and nobody will be more hurt than him. Unfortunately in life, you can't turn back the clock."

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