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Allardyce: We Need Consistency

3 March 2017


Sam Allardyce hopes that his side can build on the important three points picked up against Sunderland last Saturday but knows that they need to reflect on what happened following their recent victory down at Bournemouth when the attempt to build on that win was soon gone following late first half goals by Sunderland.

This weekend they face West Bromwich Albion, a side who have only lost three in their thirteen league games this campaign at The Hawthorns. 

 

“It is a very difficult place to play but we should looking forward to it little bit more following the result last week.  I would remind the lads though about the lift we got at Bournemouth and then what we did against Sunderland, with three minutes of madness but we can’t afford to make the same mistakes we made in that game.  Last week we didn’t and we won the game, I am looking for consistent performances from the players at a high level between now and the end of the season to achieve the desire to get the team out of the position it is currently in.


“We have got to fight and try and get some points with the aim not to come away from the match with a defeat because we have lost too many, we should have drawn four or five more than we have.


“If it is a win we will have achieved outstanding back to back victories but if it's not let’s come away with a point, if we hit our top form we will give West Brom a game and it's down to who takes their chances on the day.”


Saturday’s opponents are currently in eighth place in the Premier League and even though they have always, under Tony Pulis, been defensively strong the Palace boss believes additions at the other end of the pitch has helped push on the club’s progress to this top half position.


“They have been very good this season, they have added quality in their forward play, which has lifted the team into the top half. Resilience in their defensive play has always been a specialty of Tony and being a team that is hard to beat.

 

"They now score more goals and play with more flair in possession and are having a quality season, particularly at home and it will be a difficult game for us."

 

CLICK HERE to watch the full pre-match press conference. 


 


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