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Allardyce After Positive Result

20 January 2017


Sam Allardyce has stressed the importance of Palace starting to put points on the board as he eyes a result against Everton on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles got their first win under Sam during the week, seeing off Bolton Wanderers in an Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay in SE25, and now the sights are set on three points in the top flight.

"They're all fit, so that gives me selection options, I have different choices," he said."We've had a look at what Everton do and have picked a system to combat the strengths of Everton and that should leave us some room to manoeuvre in possession in exploiting their weaknesses.

"We've worked on that at Palace this morning, because the ground was frozen here (at the training ground) today unfortunately. We've got the pitch and put in some work there [at the stadium], so hopefully the lads can put in a really good performance for the fans," he added.

"We've got to stop losing, that's for sure. There won't be too much pressure from me to say 'you've got to go and win it' because they're already under enough pressure, but it is about being capable of putting in a performance to get a result tomorrow.

"If that's a win it'll be fantastic, if it's a point I'd be relatively satisfied that we've stopped this bad run of losses and we've got some points on the board. I'd like to see the lads get some points on the board tomorrow, hopefully it'll be three."

Allardyce also discussed the impact Christian Benteke can have for the Eagles, following the striker's brace against the Trotters on Tuesday.

"Christian Benteke scored two exceptionally good goals on Tuesday night, exceptionally good technique for both," said Allardyce. "The first with his head and then the volley following a first touch and finish.

"He's got 10 [goals this season], so while you might say he's not doing this, he's not doing that, he's scored 10 goals - eight in the Premier League and two in the Cup now. That could have been 12, but he didn't convert two penalty opportunities - as long as he keeps that ratio up [we'll be happy]."

To watch the manager's full press conference CLICK HERE.

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