Crystal Palace: Mamadou Sakho on shortlist for player of season award

They are four points above the relegation zone with two games left and face third-bottom Hull on Sunday.

"For me, Wilfried needs more protection, so he can show his abilities more", Allardyce said, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

"We play not to lose - that is the key element".

Palace have now triumphed on their last three league visits to Anfield - the first team to achieve that feat since Chelsea in October 2005.

"So it is a massive game for us all, and our players have to hold their nerve and produce a massive performance".

Ian Holloway's Palace boosted their promotion chances when on-loan striker Kevin Phillips grabbed a hat-trick against Steve Bruce's Hull side but things worked out well for both with promotion two months later. Whoever deals with the pressure better is a big factor.

"Our crowd will be a big help as long as they get don't nervous".

"The clean sheet is all important".

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"(The mental aspect of football) is one of the biggest parts of whether we succeed. You can not play well if you are not.

Palace are sweating on the fitness of Sakho, Tomkins and Yohann Cabaye, with the French midfielder and Tomkins closest to a return.

It is a huge negative for Palace who have looked much more assured at the back after his capture in January, and their defensive frailties without him were well and truly exposed at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City on Saturday. Mick before that never got that luxury.

"Now, of course they're in a better position than us, but they need to do something to (make themselves) safe".

"We need to win the game and we will work hard to win the game".

"We will play it like a final and then see what happens next week. That's all that matters on the day". But if we have to get the result ugly, we will get it ugly.

  • Lawrence Cooper