Off the back of Saturday's defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, James McArthur has admitted that performances have been lacking in recent games, and says the team’s confidence was a factor in their disappointing defeat to Tottenham last weekend.
“I think we tried to protect our lead too much. When you’re losing matches confidence isn’t as high and you want to do whatever it takes to get that result and that probably played into their hands. We didn’t want to be as deep as we were at times, and
maybe that was our downfall in the second half. We should have tried to get up the pitch and put more pressure on them.”
It's a well-versed saying in football that there are no easy games in the Premier League, and with Palace losing against Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham in three of their past four defeats, the team could be forgiven for their blip. However McArthur doesn’t want to hide behind excuses, and says the team have to put things right quickly.
“It’s not been good enough recently from the team, we’ve got a good squad and a great manager and we shouldn’t be going on runs like this. I know it’s the nature of the Premier League that you’re going to go have times where you’ll win five games in a row, and then not win a couple, but it’s time we try to get back to winning ways.”
Looking ahead to the FA Cup game against Stoke this weekend, the midfielder sees it as the perfect opportunity to get a positive result against a side they’ve got a good recent record against (two wins and a draw), and hopefully go on and build momentum into the league games.
“We just need a win and everyone will be saying we’re flying again and ready to kick on. One win in football changes everything. We’ve got a very good run of games coming up that we need to try and take advantage of so we can start pushing back up that table.”