Opposition View: Crystal Palace

By SFC Media Tue 04 Apr Saints vs Palace
Photo by Getty Images | Sam Allardyce

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has warned his side not to waste their surprise result at Chelsea when they meet Southampton.

Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke secured success at Stamford Bridge to make it four wins in succession.

“It’s a buoyant mood obviously. It’s a much better place of work now and the doom and gloom is lifting slightly,” Allardyce reflected.

“We’ve still a way to go to make sure we don’t waste the Chelsea result. We’ve achieved one of the shocks of the season, so that’s a massive three points.

“Now we’ve got to ensure we don’t waste it and go on to get the results to secure our Premier League status.”

The Eagles arrive at St Mary’s having conceded just one goal in their last four games.

And that’s a solidarity which Allardyce feels is allowing them express themselves in attacking sense as well.

He added: “I think if you remember when I first arrived one of the key elements was to stop the goals going in. Unfortunately for a long period, the team was failing to cope with that.

“We were continuing to leak what I would call soft goals, which left us in the position where we had to go into the transfer market to try and resolve that problem.

“If you look at the players that arrived, all of them have a defensive side to their game and that has helped secure the out of possession side and has allowed us to flourish in position.

“Every team if it doesn’t concede goals has a chance to win a game at any point whether you’re dominating or not.”


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