Palace will be looking to end a run of five league games without scoring this weekend, and in doing so, upset the odds by securing a win against title chasing Tottenham Hotspur.
The Eagles’ last league goal, in a 1-0 away win against Stoke City, was scored by the South Korean midfielder Chung-yong Lee, and it’s a moment he is desperate for the team to recreate.
“The manager wants more crosses and shots on goal. He’s told us it’s the Crystal Palace DNA, so the players know that and we’re trying our hardest every game.”
Although recent league results suggest otherwise, there is a feeling amongst the squad that the score-line hasn’t quite reflected the balance of play and with a bit more luck, the side could have picked up a few more points.
“That is football, sometimes you get an easy goal, and other times you have good build-up play but you’re unlucky and don’t get a goal. But we’re working hard, and if we’re working hard our luck will change. The manager is trying to keep our confidence up, and we’re looking forward to playing at home this weekend because we have fantastic fans - we have more confidence at Selhurst Park.”
Spurs beat Palace 1-0 at White Hart Lane earlier in the season with a single goal from Son Heung-min. Speaking about his South Korean teammate, Lee says Palace will need to be wary of the striker who scored in the 2-0 FA Cup victory against Leicester City earlier this week.
“He is a good player, he always plays in the national team and he scored against us last time we played them so we will be worried. Tottenham are a young team and are playing really well at the moment so you never know, it is possible they could go on and win the league. But we won’t be thinking about that, we don’t want to lose, and I think it will be a good game for us.”
Nearly a year since joining the south London team, Lee says he is enjoying life (whose wife recently gave birth to their first child) and has one main aim for the remainder of the season.
“For me it’s about game time. I try my best in training and I don’t want to lose my confidence and fitness level so I’m trying to keep both. We have a lot of players to keep happy, especially in midfield and upfront, and the manager wants to use all the players. When we come on, he wants us to make an impact, like with Stoke, he wants that more. It’s not easy for players to do that, but even if we have even five or ten minutes we’ll be doing our best.”