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Holloway: Pre-Leeds

8 March 2013

Ian Holloway gave his pre-match views to the Palace website ahead of his side's clash with Leeds this Saturday. Here's what he had to say:

 

On Team News


We rested the ones who played on Tuesday on Thursday; they either went swimming or just did recovery. Jazz Richards is going to try and play this morning (Friday), he’s got a sore foot so it’s hard to tell. It’s settled down and the scan wasn’t too bad but I’m not very hopefully for Saturday. There are no other knocks so we should be the same as the last game, squad wise.


On Victory Over Hull


It was vital, we went into that game knowing that if we’d have lost the game then the top team would have been nine points clear and the second placed team would have been seven. Now we’ve beaten them and played well who knows what that’s going to do to us. The truth is though we’ve got 10 games left and we’ve got a real chance to build some momentum. That’s five wins out of the last seven games, one draw, one defeat…that’s pretty good form. What we’ve got to do is better than in the last 10 games. It’s exciting, really exciting. I thought once the second goal went in the confidence was there, the movement was there, they were flowing and it’s about getting an ambience and a belief.


On The Home Support


Our crowd the other night were absolutely superb. They were brilliant with their energy. Wilf beat someone and they were up, Jonny Williams did something and they were loving it. The energy we’re getting from them is frightening at the moment.  The good news is the one’s that we have to play around us, we’re at home.  Steve (Bruce) was telling me he’s still got to play Watford and Cardiff yet, but we’ve got Leicester, Brighton away so we’re all in the mix. Next up is Leeds and that’s all you can focus on.


On Leeds


They over-invested and it caught up with them in the end. No matter how many fans you’ve got, if you don’t run your finances correctly then you’re not a big club because you’ll have debts. Then something has to give and normally it’s the standard of your players because you can’t pay the wages. It’s just a marker for everybody; no matter what gate you can guarantee, and they can guarantee massive gates, if you don’t run the club correctly then this can happen.


Neil’s great when you’re not stuck on the touch-line with him. He changes into a different animal, and so do I to be fair. He’s a wonderful fella though; the passion he’s got makes him somebody very, very special to be around. He gives you energy and he gives you belief in yourself. Everybody picks out Mourinho and Ferguson but Neil Warnock’s been an inspiration to me because no matter what the size of the club or budget, he has been successful. He has made those players play better and he’s done in everywhere over a long period of time. That makes him very, very special. The game is a better place with him in it.


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