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Van Aanholt: Palace Feels Like Home

29 April 2017

Patrick Van Aanholt moved south in January to link up once again with Sam Allardyce, after being with him at Sunderland last season, and is delighted to report that he has settled in London and is feeling at home in SE25. 

"I am loving it, from the moment I signed it felt like home. Obviously I was with Sam Allardyce last season at Sunderland when he kept them in the Premier League and he has worked in a similar way to then where he gets the players working on the basics and then go from there with the planning for the games and putting the work in on the training pitch and that is the same here.

"We have improved together and the results show that but we know we are not safe yet and there is still work to be done. We have been showing on the pitch how everyone is confident and mentally strong to carry out the instructions from the backroom team". 

Patrick picked up an ankle injury in the victory at The Hawthorns but has been available again in recent weeks and is looking at adding to his seven appearances for the Eagles in the closing weeks of the season. 

In recent weeks the fortunes of the team have helped move the club away from the bottom three but the 26 year-old defender knows that the focus is still very much on the survival battle and nothing has been achieved despite some surprise results being picked up over teams in the top six.  

"It shows what the Premier League is like this year with everyone capable of getting a result against someone else and we have beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool so shows that even in a tough league how competitive we have been.   

"We must approach the Burnley game with the same mentality that we have had in recent weeks and go for three points at home, with our fans behind us who have been outstanding since I joined, and make sure that we build on our recent run of results."

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