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Wickham Keen To Get Back On Track

18 November 2016

Connor Wickham has called on Palace to get back on track ahead of the Manchester City game, insisting that spirits are high amongst the squad following a dip in form.

"The mood's good," the striker revealed. "We're on the back of four defeats, but I think we've got a very high-spirited group with a lot of quality and we've got a lot of confidence within the team in our individual qualities. We need to start utilising those assets and use them on the pitch.

"We just need to learn from our mistakes," he admitted, looking back to the recent defeat to Burnley. "Next time we're in that position maybe we take the point. We worked incredibly hard to get ourselves back in the game and to concede with the last kick was obviously gutting, but we have to pick ourselves up. We've got games left, we're not even at Christmas yet, so we've got plenty of games to get back on track and get ourselves back to where we should be.

Asked what he would say to the fans about the Eagles' current run, Wickham was straight to the point, saying: "Don't worry. 

"You saw what we did last season, we got to the FA Cup Final. We know we can do it. We've added immense quality to the squad in the transfer window and that can only improve us. Hopefully that's what it will do over the next few weeks.

"We've still got over 20 games left of the season, so you can't write anybody off at this stage. We're in a good head space at the club, everybody's positive, we know what we did wrong at Burnley and it could have been different if we had sat back, defended and took the point. We've got one of the best teams in the Premier League coming down this weekend, so we'll have to up our game and make sure we put on a performance for our fans and for ourselves to get back on track again."

"At the end of the day it's Manchester City. They've got 25 world class players in their squad. They might find it tough coming to Selhurst, I know what the away changing room's like, it's tiny and squashed, but they're a world class team. We're putting ourselves up against one of the best and it's going to be a big test for us."

The 23-year-old enjoys facing City and has scored three times against them in the Premier League, his best tally against a team in the top flioght (level with his three against Stoke). Asked about his knack for scoring against the Citizens, Wickham laughed: "I'll try to make it four! 

"First thing's first we just need to make sure that our game's right, we know the plan and what we do on Saturday is what we get paid for. We need to up our game and make sure we put on a performance to be proud of and show that we can do it amongst the best."

Wickham was on target last time out, ramming a Wilfried Zaha cross out of Tom Heaton's reach and into the top corner to spark the Eagles' fight back.

"I want to play more football, but it's the manager's choice," he said. "I'm just doing all I can in training, working hard and doing my best. I came on against Burnley and got a goal, so hopefully it's in the manager's mind that I'm feeling good, I'm feeling sharp and I'm ready.

"As long as I get a good week training, I'm feeling good, feeling strong, and in my head I'm feeling good then the rest of it will follow and I'll take that into the game."

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