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Townsend: It Will Be A Massive Battle

3 January 2017

Andros Townsend begins a new year at the club with a feeling that its a new beginning for all involved as a Sam Allardyce goes into his third match in charge with the game against Swansea at Selhurst Park this evening. 

"Since his first game he has had a number of training sessions and been speaking to players on a one to one basis. We are getting a good idea of what he wants from us and how he wants us to play and help improve things as a team during game time. 

"He has had successful teams and kept clubs in the Premier League and here he comes into a squad with good players but we need some help getting that confidence back in our game and that comes with getting results along the way.

"From the Watford game we started that game with a new manager and just days before we were seeing in 2017 it already seemed like a new beginning with the new manager is under way and from that game there were positives to take into the second half of the season."

Tonight's match sees both clubs under different managers from the 5-4 encounter just weeks ago and the 25 year old winger believes that the squad need to take on board the lessons learned in that fixture. 

"The game at The Liberty is still fresh in our minds as it wasn’t too long ago and the way the table is the match at Selhurst is being looked upon as a six pointer. When we play the teams in and around us its important we pick up three points, Swansea are a team who are going through a difficult time like us so we need to be ready for a massive battle. 

"The match at their place showed the game is never over and whatever the score is you cannot take your foot off the gas. When we went 4-3 up we thought we had weathered the storm but ended up shell shocked although we are working hard in training on the defensive side of the game so hopefully that will start reflecting in our games over the coming weeks." 

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