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Bannan Relishing Bridge Visit

13 December 2013

Eagles midfielder Barry Bannan believes that Palace can pull off a Premier League shock tomorrow when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as the Eagles look to continue their fine run of form.

The Scottish midfielder believes that the team's run of 10 points from their last five games has helped boost morale and confidence within the squad and that they could play a huge factor as Palace line-up against the Blues for a London derby tomorrow.

“I don't think there's anything to fear,” he said. “They're a massive club with some unbelievable players but we've got good players ourselves who are full of confidence so I think all the pressure will be on them to get the three points. We can go there and play with nothing to lose and hopefully provide a shock result.

“Going into a game after winning the previous game is massive as it gives you confidence and the period we've had has been brilliant but now we've got games that we're not expected to win, so hopefully we can prove people wrong starting on Saturday. 

“There's been strange results happening in this league every week so what's to say it can't happen for us this weekend? We're relishing going to Stamford Bridge and putting on a performance.” 

The last few weeks have seen the Eagles collect enough points to catch up with their relegation rivals and give them a much better outlook on their chances of staying in the Premier League for the first time in their history, but Bannan always believed that there was enough quality in the quality to haul in those sides above them in the table.

“I don't think we've ever doubted that we could stay up. Even in the games we were losing we still believed we could survive and the last couple of weeks we've played really well and got the results we've needed. That was always going to be a big period for us because the teams we were coming up against were around us in the table so it was important to win those games and get us back in the hunt.

“The new manager has made little changes here and there but I think we're harder to break down now as we've only conceded one goal in our last five games plus I think he's really big on our workrate and you can see that all the boys are giving their all which has shown on the pitch.”

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