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Millen: We Can't Encourage Villa

11 January 2016

Keith Millen has said that it is imperative Palace get off to a good start against Aston Villa and don't encourage the home side to come at them on Tuesday night, otherwise their confidence may grow.

Remi Garde's men find themselves languishing at the foot of the Premier League table and in real trouble of being cut adrift if they don't start getting results, so Millen is wary, suggesting that the first goal could be decisive at Villa Park. If the home side get it, their fans may get on side and will them on, if Palace get it, their spirits may be dampened.

Asked how Millen felt Palace should be dealing with Villa on Tuesday, he replied: "Not to give them any encouragement.

"They are under pressure, they desperately need a win and we're their next game," he said.

"We've been there, in the last couple of years, we've unfortunately been near the bottom of league and we've managed to get out of it, so we know what that pressure's like. You're looking for something in the game to cling on to, that might be the first goal, just something to get the crowd behind them, I'd imagine.

"We've got to make sure that we're ready for the start of the game, don't give them any sort of encouragement to get their confidence up and the longer we stay in the game the more chance we have to become the better team and get a result."

Millen continued to discuss the troubles facing Villa at the moment, provided injury updates, reflected on the win at Southampton and more. You can watch the full press conference for free HERE.

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