Following a terrific away win against Jurgen Klopp’s new look Liverpool, Jason Puncheon believes Palace have the momentum going into Monday night’s game against Sunderland but says no three points are a given in the Premier League.
“Sometimes you can get complacent and that’s only natural as human-beings. We’ve got to play our game and bring our ability to the table. Crystal Palace is a hard place to come to if the fans get behind us, and we’ll be using that to help carry us through.”
Having had a week off due to the international break the team are raring to go, and are looking to continue what has been a strong start to the season.
“It was nice to have a break and let the legs and mind settle a bit, but international breaks are a bit frustrating because you want to keep the momentum and there’s always that danger of people going away and coming back injured. But everyone’s come back in good shape and ready for the game on Monday.”
Currently sitting in tenth place, Puncheon is pleased with the progress the team has made under manager Alan Pardew and believes anything is possible with such an open league this season.
“I think we’ve got to aim to better our target from last season and then we can call it progress. The likes of Leicester, West Ham, as well as teams below us, are showing a lot of belief and keep picking up points, but we’ve just got to worry about ourselves.”
The midfielder says strong team performances on the pitch are a result of the camaraderie amongst the squad which has grown in stature since Pardew’s arrival.
“The manager has added to the unity and togetherness of the group and everyone is chomping at the bit to get in the team. The manager has shown belief in us and we need to keep that with everyone pulling in the right direction. It brings out the best in you when there’s competition for places, and if we keep our belief I think we’ve got the capacity and the players to get into Europe and that’s what we should be striving for.”