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Jerome Targeting Tigers Win

21 November 2013

Palace striker Cameron Jerome is targeting momentum going into the Christmas period – starting with a result against Hull City on Saturday. 

The on-loan Stoke man believes the squad have come back refreshed from the international break and are keen to build on the 0-0 draw against Everton last time out. 

He said: “Obviously we’ve got to try and make it as hard as possible for teams to come to Selhurst and get a result and I thought our application was spot on. It was a great performance, we matched Everton and we created probably the best chances of the game, but we weren’t able to take them.

"Nevertheless, a point was a good step forward for us and if we can build on that in the next couple of games, we’ve got a chance to turn things around quickly. 

“We’ve used the international break to pick our spirits up and have a bit of fun really. We’ve been working on a few things in terms of tactics and preparing for the upcoming fixtures we’ve got, but it’s also been nice to have a few days rest. We’re ready to go and we’re looking forward to the game at the weekend.”

Caretaker boss Keith Millen will again take charge of the Eagles when they visit the KC Stadium on Saturday, as the search for Ian Holloway’s successor enters a fifth week. But Jerome believes Millen has had a positive impact on the squad during his temporary spell at the helm.  

“It’s been okay having Keith here,” he said. “The transition’s not been too hard, nothing’s really changed and I think Keith has got a good response out of the players since he’s been here. 

“The performances have definitely picked up and the boys have responded well to his methods of training. 

“Our results haven’t quite matched our performances so far, but looking ahead to Saturday, hopefully we can get something out of the game against Hull.”

The trip to Humberside will see Jerome re-united with Tigers manager Steve Bruce, who previously signed the front man during his time in charge of Birmingham City. But there will be room for pleasantries on Saturday, with Jerome focusing on firing Palace to their first away win of the campaign.

“He signed me at Birmingham and he was there with me for a couple of years before he moved to Wigan. He’s doing a good job up there with Hull, but they are a beatable team.

“This is the sort of game we should look at and target to get points out of, but we know it’s going to be difficult. They’ve got a formidable home record so far this season, they seem like an organised side and they’ve got a little bit of quality as well.

“But we’ve got to take our game to them, focus on what we are about and what we can do, and hopefully that will be enough for us on the day to get something out of the game.  

“It’s all about consistency and picking up points when you can. If you look at the next block of fixtures, it’s a chance for us to catch up on the teams that are ahead of us. We play a few of those teams, a few of them at home, so they are important games.

“If we can pick up points there and build up a bit of momentum going into the Christmas period, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”  

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