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Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway: 'Fans are key for our Premier League survival hopes'
Crystal Palace co-chairman Stephen Browett and manager Ian Holloway have stressed the importance of the fans support this season.
A bumper crowd is expected at Selhurst Park on Sunday for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur with more than 16,000 season tickets being sold for the upcoming season.
The Holmesdale Fanatics, a vociferous section of Palace supporters, are creating a display before the game on Sunday and fans are already promising to make it a special atmosphere not just on Sunday but for the rest of the season.
Both Browett and Holloway have stressed this week the importance of home games and the effect the crowd can have on the game.
In his pre-match conference on Thursday Ian Holloway said he knows Selhurst Park will be buzzing this season.
He said: “The optimism from the crowd will be immense, we have a great game against Tottenham on Sunday.
“It will be tough on against Tottenham but we need to believe we can get a result. Home performances are absolutely vital in this division.
“I think we can pop the odd surprise away from home but we will have to very dogged against Tottenham. We want to get off to a decent start. We need to keep clean sheets.
“Our fans are the extra player on the pitch. We need them and they need to be like they were at Wembley and when I first arrived here.”
In his interview with the Croydon Guardian this week Browett said: ““We only have a few hundred tickets left for the game. The Holmesdale, the Main Stand and the Whitehorse stand are all sold out.
“The rest of the tickets are in the Arthur Wait. And they have been selling at a 100 a day so we are looking good for Sunday. It seems like we have got our ticketing policy just about right.”
He added: “The atmosphere is going to be fantastic. The Holmesdale Fanatics are going to do a display and there will be 23,000 Palace fans making noise against 2,000 Spurs.
“We might not have multi-million pound players like Spurs have but I don’t think they will particularly enjoy the atmosphere. I know our crowd will be great.”
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