Holloway: Self-belief got Crystal Palace into the Premier League, and self-belief will keep us there (From This Is Local London)
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Holloway: Self-belief got Crystal Palace into the Premier League, and self-belief will keep us there
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has been reminding his players how self-belief got them into the Premier League and how self-belief can keep them there.
Ahead of Monday’s visit of Fulham, Holloway insists the Eagles have been playing well – despite their lowly position – although he admitted he will take a win at Selhurst Park however it comes.
Holloway has presided over four league games without a win since the 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the end of August.
Fellow strugglers Fulham have also found the going tough, with only two wins to their name and sitting four points above Palace.
Holloway said: “You have to keep looking at the overall picture, someone has to be at the bottom, and most punters thought it would be us.
“We have to keep our pride and passion. I have had 38 Premier League games before this season so I have the experience.
“I know that what matters is where you finish the season, not where you start.”
He added: “While I was at Blackpool I made mistakes, I got too involved and too emotionally charged. I did not make the best use of the January transfer window – but I have learnt from that.
“It would be nice to win on Monday, and it would be nice to do it in style for the fans. But to be honest, it is not a must win game, it is a must not lose game.
“We do need the rub of the green, but we have not been playing badly. Against Liverpool in the second half we beat them and I can tell you they were not letting up.”
The Eagles' plight is a far call from the heady days of the Championship play-off final win at Wembley, but Holloway does not want his charges to forget about that sunny day.
If anything, he wants them to use it as a force for good that will turn their fortunes around as we head to the darker days of winter.
He said: “I reminded the lads today to believe in themselves. In the play off final, Joel [Ward] cleared a header off the line.
“He did not stop, he stretched every sinew to get to it – it had beaten Speroni – but Joel believed and we did it.
“That is what we need to be about and I know someone will do that for us now and turn this around.”
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The visit of Fulham brings the arrival of Darren Bent to Selhurst Park - not long after he was on the brink of becoming an Eagle in the summer transfer window before opting for south west London.
Holloway said: "I thought he was coming to us, and when I had a microphone shoved under my face 30 seconds after I thought it had been sorted, I said as much.
"It was wrong of me to do that, and I have apologised to Martin [Jol] for saying it.
"But Darren is a quality player and someone any team would want in their side."
He added: "Will he come back to haunt us, who knows?"
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