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Clarke: Palace Hungry For Points

1 November 2013

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke says his team will not be underestimating Palace when the two sides meet at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Baggies have not won in front of their own fans since the 3-0 victory over Sunderland on 21st September, while Keith Millen’s men go into the game on the back of six straight league defeats. 

But former Chelsea defender Clarke insists he will not be taking the Eagles lightly tomorrow afternoon. 

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the West Brom boss said: “Palace are in a difficult situation just now, but I watched their game last week against Arsenal and they were very competitive.

“They’ve had a difficult start and they’ll be looking at this as a game where they can pick up points.

“They’re well motivated and they’re doing their job for Keith. There are no easy games in this league and we respect Crystal Palace.

“They’re a team that’s hungry for points and to prove they belong in the Premier League.

“It’s not a game we’ll be taking lightly. It’s a game we’ll be taking very, very seriously.”

Clarke is well aware of the importance of picking up points at home. But, like Palace, his midlands outfit have only managed to beat Sunderland so far on their own soil.

He added:  “We always look forward to our home games. The crowd are important for us both at home and away.

“We’ve sold out for Saturday and we’re looking forward to benefiting from a strong backing.

“Palace will have good away support, too. It should be a good atmosphere and hopefully a good game.

“The onus will be on us to create chances and have a go and that’s what we’ll try to do.

“It hasn’t quite worked out for Palace yet and we have to make sure it doesn’t work out for them on Saturday, either.”

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