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Damo On Wake Up Call

4 May 2017

Damien Delaney casts an eye back across the fixtures this season and pinpoints the home defeat against Sunderland as a time of realisation for the squad.

In the midweek previous the side had won down at Bournemouth but then a four goal defeat at Selhurst Park against the Black Cats was a pivotal moment for the players that they were in a relegation battle.

“The result in the home match against Sunderland was a realisation that we were in trouble, up until that point the general message was that we will be fine but following that game the players had a meeting and then further chats took place with the manager and it was a clear warning that we needed to figure this out because we were in trouble.

“Before that game a lot of people were thinking we were not in danger and the ability within the squad would get us out of it. We started to realise it was going to have to be a time to roll up our sleeves and turn things around.”

That home defeat was followed by a single goal loss at Stoke City but then a run of one defeat in eight started to put the club back on the right track which means the 35 year old experienced defender is keen for the side to get past the finishing line as soon as possible.  

 be in this position but we are. During that good run we have pulled off results against the bigger teams and it seems as though those matches suit the Crystal Palace playing style better rather than playing against a team set up like Burnley last weekend, where they were the ones sitting back and then counter attacking us.shouldn't“We went on a fantastic run and that put us in this current position of needing one more win to get us to safety. At this point of the season you don’t want to be looking at other team’s results and it's not enjoyable to be sitting in front of a TV screen watching a game that you are hoping goes your way. The calibre of players that are here within the squad that has been put together 


“Hopefully we can go up and get the result we need against Manchester City on Saturday as we certainly would not like it to go to the final away game when we visit Old Trafford to play United because to leave it to then would be quite risky, we need to get the point or points, whatever will be enough, as soon as possible.” 

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