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Puncheon: We Must Keep Believing

19 December 2014

Jason Puncheon goes into this Saturday's game knowing that the performances in recent weeks have deserved more than they have got and he stresses it is just important the squad keeps believing. 

"We all know we should have got more from the Tottenham game but the most important thing is that as a group we keep believing in our own game and take that into the match this weekend at Manchester City. 

"We have been creating chances in recent weeks but the goals just haven't come but it's not just about the strikers we all have to take responsibility on doing our bit to get the results, players all over the field have to get into the right positions and take their chances."

After the strong finish last season the expectancy levels of some may have risen but Jason always knew this campaign was a fresh start and it all had to be done again.
"It was always going to be difficult to carry on from what we were doing last season, our acheivement was very special but we all know this is a different thing altogether. The second year is always difficult we know that but anyone in our dressing room would take just staying in the Premier League come the end of the season."

The schedule of games at this time of year is always a tough one but Jason knows in that dressing room there are the right characters to ensure they meet the challenge with the right attitude,

"The group has the experience of what we went through during the last campaign and that is a big factor because we go into the games a bit wiser than we did last season and that can only help us. Even those who are new to the club have Premier League experience and that can be a big factor when these tough games come along week in week out."

This weekend the side face a trip to Manchester City and it is common knowledge that the home side will be missing players through injury but the Palace winger is determined to only think about
what his team mates can do on the day.

"When the top clubs have a few injuries it means  a positive effect for the opposition but we know the quality of their squad and they have others who can come in. We must not give too much attention to their injuries we must just concentrate on what we are about and force our game on them on Saturday. 

"Our performance there last season is still very much in our minds and I am sure they will have not forgotten how well we did on that afternoon. The most important thing for us is that we go there in a positive frame of mind like we do every week and we know in our last two away games we could have got maximum points but a point on your travels in this league is very important so we will be doing our utmost to take something from this game". 

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