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Alan Pardew admits Crystal Palace have been dragged into the relegation battle after ten games without a win.
After a strong start to the season, the Eagles have not won a game in the Premier League since the defeat of Stoke on December 19 and have slipped to 14th in the table.
Although they are eight points above the drop zone, Pardew believes his team are in a relegation battle and has warned defeat to Sunderland on Tuesday would drag them further into trouble.
"Are we in a relegation fight? Yes, of course we are," he told reporters ahead of the trip to the Stadium of Light.
"We keep losing. There is no talk of Europe at this club. We are focused now on what Crystal Palace need to deliver over the next 10 games.
"We've got a fantastic opportunity in the FA Cup but the league form hasn't been good enough and we need to put it right, straight away.
"That doesn't mean to say we can't have our strongest ever finish in the Premier League. We can do that, we have the capability but we need to kick into gear."
Despite the prospect of a relegation battle, Pardew is understood to have verbally agreed a new deal with the club and he believes his job is safe.
"I don't fear for my job at this football club. The pressure I am under is the normal pressure of a Premier League manager winning games," Pardew added.
"Crystal Palace fans know this team. Watching this team in the 14 months since I've been here, this is the first time we have had any down time.
"But we are not going to put our head in the sand. We are going to have to deliver a performance and that's what we'll try to do on Tuesday night."