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Holloway: We've Turned The Corner

26 April 2013

Ian Holloway believes Crystal Palace have “turned the corner” going into the final three games of the season. 
The Eagles boss spoke to the press ahead of Saturday’s trip Blackburn and he said he fully expects his side to reach the play-offs.
Here is a flavour of what he had to say:

On the mood in the Palace camp

“We’re up for it, we’re ready. I think the boys feel like they’ve turned the corner to be honest and we know what we’ve got to achieve.

“It’s been a shock to everybody how things have not been going for us, but I think last weekend we realise we made another error that got them [Leicester] in it and we know what we’ve got to achieve now. Our focus has been on just doing that.

“I’ve got a fantastic feeling with this group. I think they really want it, maybe they want it too bad, but I think the focus is there and we’ve got to get out and do it for our fans. We’re ready for it.”

On Aaron Wilbraham’s impact against Leicester

“I thought he was a fantastic option. I thought he brought us some bravery, some freshness, some willingness to go and work and I thought it helped the group. But that was for that particular game. I’ve got to look at what I do in the next couple. 

“I think the next one is absolutely crucial because if we can get all of the points that makes the rest of it easy and then once we are in there the focus is much easier to regain.

“I think Aaron helped everybody. They trust him he works hard he fights. On another day we might have easily won the game and Aaron was a big part of that.” 

On Blackburn

“I think it’s just about getting the result. I don’t care if it’s 1-0, I really don’t.

“It’s about getting us over that line and we can go a long way to doing that against Blackburn. 

“They have to run their football club how they see fit. I’m just totally focused on Palace to be honest.

“We’ve had change and upheaval that wasn’t possibly wanted at all with the manager leaving, so that can cause all sorts of havoc. Luckily we haven’t had two or three or four changes like they have because that’s almost impossible for the group to focus and concentrate.

“Let’s get on with my team and see what we can do against theirs.” 

On potential promotion to the Premier League

“The prize at stake is so huge, it’s so massive. Everybody wants it, everybody sees it.

“The media coverage in that next level up and what it brings to your club, it’s a prize that’s so sought after around the world. It is the biggest prize around the world isn’t it?

“The next one is breaking into the top four, which is almost an impossibility really.”

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