James McArthur spoke after the home draw with Newcastle United last week about a collective disappointment in the group that a number of chances couldn’t be turned into goals, and even though results on the road have been registered the Scotland international is in no doubt as to what can make the difference.
“We are playing really well at the moment,” he said. “We know we need to be more clinical in front of goal but our performance level has been high, and if we keep that up and start scoring we will go on a winning run of games and start moving up the table.
“We have been creating chances at home but it is about being clinical, which we have been away from home. We just need to keep our performance level high - home sides seem a bit more under pressure to attack us which leaves them exposed.”
That bodes well for Monday evening’s trip down to the south coast to face Bournemouth where Palace are unbeaten in three visits, and McArthur hopes that the confidence factor which has been evident away from home this campaign with two wins yielded already will play its part.
“It will be a tough game on Monday night under lights and they will be looking forward to it as much as we are because they are on a good run at home,” McArthur added. “We know it’s a tough game but we are playing with a lot of confidence and our away form has been good as well, so we feel we can go there and impose ourselves on the game and get three points.”
Last weekend the Cherries conceded four in defeat at Burnley but they have an impressive record at home with three victories. Last season only goal difference separated the two sides with Palace ending up one place above Bournemouth, and McArthur agrees that both sides are evenly matched.
“The Premier League is so unpredictable, you can always create a case for playing a team at a good time or bad time really, but we know we have to be on our top game to get three points and hopefully the win against West Brom will give us the confidence we need.
“They have a lot of pace and power in the team as well, attacking wise, but we don’t compare ourselves to Bournemouth and just try and do the job we can do to the best of our ability. If we do that we will finish higher up the table.”
The club earlier this week released a statement to announce that they are committed to facilitating a larger and dedicated ‘singing section’ next season, where the club’s most vocal fans will act as a catalyst to make the Holmesdale Stand into an even greater wall of noise and supportive force behind the team, and McArthur recognises the role that is played from the stands.
“All the fans impact us, it’s not just those who sing a bit louder and we appreciate every single one of them and the club are obviously dealing with the matter,” he said. “We as players need to give something for the fans to shout about and when we start scoring goals every single fan will be shouting.”
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