Ahead of this weekend's lunchtime clash with West Ham United, Dwight Gayle has encouraged his side to collect some points from their trip to Upton Park on Saturday as the season heads into its crunch period.
Palace's top-scorer this season couldn't quite help his side claw back a two goal deficit against Arsenal last weekend, and with the bottom of the table being so congested at this stage of the season, he is hoping that a good result against the Hammers could help ease the pressure on his side and the Eagles fans for a little bit.
Having collected a win, a draw and a defeat from their league encounters so far this month the 25-year-old is hoping that February ends on a positive note, and reveals despite the loss to the Gunners confidence is still high in the Palace changing room
He said: “After the Arsenal game there were mixed emotions. It's a good sign that when we play against the big teams at home that we can give them a good game but at the end of the day we've lost and we need to be picking up points, especially at this time of the season.
“When you're upset and frustrated at not picking up points against Arsenal it shows that we're moving in the right direction and that over the past year and a half we're improving every week and hopefully that will continue.
“It's very tight at the bottom and if you lose one game you could be right back in it. I think it's very important to get the points on the table as soon as we can as our last four games are against tough opposition and we won't want to be going into them having to pick up too many points.
“It was similar last year and it was always going to be tight because there's so many good teams in the league and everyone can beat everyone, so there was always going to be seven or eight teams down there.”
With injuries hampering Fraizer Campbell, Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamkah in recent weeks, Gayle could find himself starting the game against the Hammers once again, something he admits he is striving to do more regularly after receiving some pep talks from Alan Pardew.
“All I want to do is play football and starting games is a big thing for me,” he admitted. “The gaffer has taken me aside a few times and given me a bit extra confidence in my ability and I'm just trying to go out there and show what I can do. He wants me to get involved as much as I can and he's keen on getting more goalscorers in the team.
“I thrive on it really, all the boys are playing really well at the moment and each player knows that when they come in they have to do well to stay in the team so it's good.
I haven't been too surprised by West Ham this season, they've signed a lot of good players and they're playing really well. It's good to see them getting the credit they deserve.”