The on-loan Liverpool man has played a significant role in the vast improvement in Palace's form that has led to five victories from their past six games
He also believes his side need eight more points to secure survival
Allardyce has rebuilt confidence at Crystal Palace and instilled some semblance of a tactical plan, with the club's win against Chelsea evidence of their rapid progress
The former England manager was delighted with the way in which his players nullified the Premier League leaders
The Eagles boss also confirmed that they had been beaten to the signing of Jake Livermore by West Brom
The former England manager picked up his first win since taking charge at Selhurst Park with a 2-1 FA Cup victory over his former club Bolton Wanderers
The former England boss has kept Bolton, Newcastle, West Ham and Sunderland up, but has concerns at Selhurst Park
Palace host Allardyce's former club Bolton in the third-round replay on Tuesday
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Allardyce hoping that Swansea will fold in front of their new manager Paul Clement.
The Arsenal manager said he would like to see more British managers in the Premier League, and held up Allardyce as an example to younger coaches
He also dismissed reports Wilfried Zaha will be sold
The former England manager returns to football two months after his controversial departure from the national team following a newspaper sting
Pardew's former assistant Millen took Friday's press conference a day after the manager was sacked
Pardew was dismissed on Thursday, but his fate was sealed a fortnight ago as the club's American owners grew tired of his unconvincing methods
A seventh straight Premier League defeat would lead to the end of the Pardew era at Selhurst Park