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Dann Talks Up Sunderland Trip

14 March 2014

Palace defender Scott Dann believes that tomorrow's basement battle with Sunderland could be vital come the season's shake up but feels as though Tony Pulis' side have what it takes to pick up another victory on the road.

The Eagles squad are travelling up to Wearside today to prepare for the game at the Stadium of Light aiming to bounce back after defeat to Southampton at Selhurst last weekend, but Dann admits that morale is still high in the camp as Palace attempt to replicate what they've done at Hull City and Aston Villa already this season and register another away victory.

Dann said: “We're still upbeat, obviously losing at home to Southampton on Saturday was a chance missed to pick up a couple of vital points but going forward we're currently out of the bottom three and we know what we have to do to stay out of it. 

“At this time of the season your next game is always the biggest game because the sooner you get the points on the board the better, but obviously as ours is against a side who is in and around us it's a little bit more vital to try and get the right result. 

“It's going to be a really tough game as it always is when you go to the Stadium of Light. They're also down the bottom of the table so there's going to be a lot more pressure on both teams but especially for them so as they're at home. 

“In this league and in the position we are in the table we've got to be able to pick up points away from home if we're going to stay in the league. Despite losing last weekend we're going there in confident mode and it's crucial we put our gameplan across to try and get the right result.”

Dann's arrival in January has helped shore up the Eagles defence which has only conceded 10 league goals since the turn of the year but having only scored 19 so far this Premier League season he admits that goalscoring efforts are being doubled to try and fire the Eagles to safety.

“We know we're a fairly solid team and we don't concede too many goals but at the same time we need to make sure we get the right blend in an attacking sense and try and push further up the pitch as a team and create a few more chances.

“That was one of the key points we spoke about after Saturday so hopefully we can bring that into play against Sunderland.”

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