If going on recent form, and when factoring in Palace’s FA Cup quarter-final victory, the Eagles are only one-win shy of Norwich’s record over the last five games, where the East Anglia team have won two, drawn one, and lost two.
However, whereas the Canaries’ performances have generated seven points from a possible fifteen, the south Londoners have only accrued two, and it is something striker Dwight Gayle is wary of as Palace look to build on their well-earned point away to West Ham last week.
“We know how important this game is, a win should make us safe and help us push on for the rest of the season, but saying that we’re not going into it thinking if we lose that’ll be the end of things. We’ve got some big teams still to play but we’re confident in our ability to pick up points when we need to .”
Palace’s previous meeting with Norwich was on the opening day of the season, where the team in red and blue were more clinical in front of goal and left Carrow Road 3-1 winners. Having been an unused substitute in that game, Gayle is hoping for his chance this time around to make an impact, and an opportunity to add to his league goal tally which got off the mark last Saturday against the Hammers.
“It was a great confidence boost for me to really kick on for the rest of the season and hopefully in the game this weekend I can do it again. It’s not a great time to be playing Norwich though, they know they need to get the points otherwise they risk going down and I’m sure their team are going to be up for it more than ever. But we have the same feeling so we’re going to be up for it just as much as they are.”
With only one three points separating the two teams who sit in sixteenth and seventeenth respectively, there is inevitably talk of the game being a ‘six pointer’, but Gayle has every belief that his team will keep clear of the relegation zone, with the advantage of playing at home this weekend where the Palace faithful have always shown such loyal support.
“We haven’t picked up the results recently but as you can see from our last few games we have been playing well, and perhaps been unlucky not to get the win. Being at home with the fans behind us we should get the result we need. All the boys are confident we’ll stay in the league, we’ve got the ability in the changing room, and hopefully over the next few weeks we can prove that.”