Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew will not curb his side’s attacking instincts despite leaking goals at the other end. “On a professional level, the lack of clean sheets does concern me a little bit but I can still cope with winning 3-2 or 4-3,” he said. “The bottom line is I want this team to always think about scoring goals. If you are of that mindset then you can’t switch to really focusing on a clean sheet. “If we’d lost three games on the trot then maybe we’d start focusing on a clean sheet and start building from there, but we have got good momentum and a good feeling. Our players are smiley and happy and we will go out and try to take the game to Spurs.” Leicester, another team making an encouraging start to the season, have also yet to manage a shut-out, prompting manager Claudio Ranieri to offer his players a pizza for a clean sheet. But Pardew added: “We’re not really at the top of the tree for pizzas in this area here. Although a kebab or a burger might go down well if we keep a clean sheet. “I don’t want to take the ambition out of the team. The problem when I arrived was that the ambition had gone out of the team. We managed to put that right so I’m not going to take it away now. “Clean sheets are important for results. If we’d got one last week against Manchester City we’d have been very pleased and we were a minute away from achieving it. “We mustn’t dwell on that and we’ll try to score two goals at Spurs if we can.” Pardew could welcome back Damien Delaney, Joe Ledley and Connor Wickham, who all missed the last-gasp 1-0 defeat by City through injury. However, full-back Joel Ward remains sidelined by a knee injury and forward Marouane Chamakh is out with hamstring trouble. Press Association The Eagles head to Tottenham on Sunday flying high in sixth place, but they have yet to keep a clean sheet this season. However, Pardew has no intention of tightening up at the back at the expense of rattling in the goals at the other end of the pitch.
After a long two weeks of travel, the Wisconsin Badgers (15-3, 4-2 Big Ten) finally return home as they host No. 16 Michigan (12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness match Friday at 7 p.m.Wisconsin welcomes Michigan, who was in the final four last year. The Badgers open a four-match home stand and continue their six-match stretch against ranked teams. UW is one of only three teams in the country that will play six straight matches against top-25 teams in 2013.Wisconsin also continues to climb up in the rankings under head coach Kelly Sheffield, taking over No.15 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 Coaches’ poll, making this the Badgers highest ranking since 2008.“It feels really good,” junior Courtney Thomas said. “Our expectations are really high, not saying 15 isn’t good, but we definitely want to get higher, keep moving up in those ranks. But for right now it feels really good.”Michigan is focused heavily on its offense and Sheffield knows they have to play a strong game this Friday.“ Michigan is one of the top offenses in the conference with a really diverse team,” Sheffield said. “They have some big bangers. The biggest thing we are going to have to do is keep their hitting percentage down from what they’ve been doing, because they have been tearing everybody up. This match is big if we want to stay and battle for a Big Ten championship.”Before the match, the Badgers will honor former Badger volleyball player Margie Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was a four-year letterwinner for Wisconsin from 1984-87. She still holds season and career records for service aces. In 1991 she served as the interim head coach leading the team to a spot in the NCAA tournament.Fitzpatrick fought breast cancer twice and passed away in December of 2004 from the disease. Each year, Wisconsin Athletics recognizes Fitzpatrick and her family.“It is always important to stop and take a moment and realize how blessed we are,” sophomore Taylor Morey said. “We’re sending out a prayer for all those who are fighting.”Along with honoring her family, Wisconsin Athletics is handing out pink bracelets to the first 1000 fans. It is also Student Night on Friday paired with National Chocolate Cupcake day. All students will receive a free chocolate cupcake upon entry.