Holloway: “We’re Palace, and we’re after you”
Fulham are the visitors to south east London tonight, with Palace needing points after four consecutive league defeats, and Fulham looking to build on only their second league win two weeks’ ago.
Despite the poor run, Eagles boss Holloway remains indebted to the fans for their fervent support.
He said: “The fans are outstanding, better than I ever dreamed they could be.
“Seeing our fans jumping up and down, seeing those in the Holmesdale Stand, seeing them home and away – they’re great.
“Hopefully they can create an intimidating atmosphere for Fulham and we can capitalise on it.”
He added: “I know it is not easy when you are being ribbed by other fans, I know the banter that goes on.
“But the Palace fans should still hold their heads high, say: ‘We’re Palace, and we’re after you’.”
After 17 years in management, and almost 20 years as a player, Holloway is well accustomed to the pressures of being at the foot of the table, and now is no different.
But he has a philosophical outlook, which, dovetailed with his own self-belief, he is convinced will keep Eagles in the Premier League.
“Keeping Palace up would be my greatest achievement – any team that comes up through the play-offs faces a challenge to stay up, but that is our target,” he said.
“Every manager knows that you need results to keep your job. And there is always someone being written about as the next man for the chop – not so long it was Arsene Wenger, well not any more.
He added: “If I die tomorrow, I know I will have had a damn good go at it. I have to lead the players when things are going wrong, I have to believe and encourage them.
“But I know they have the ability to do it, and if we give it everything, I believe we will be fine.”
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