Palace prepared to play ugly for survival

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The centre-back, on loan from Liverpool, was stretchered off against Tottenham on April 26 due to a knee injury after an awkward fall, and news has now come out of the club that he will not take to the field again this season.

Hull's 2-0 loss to Sunderland on Saturday added to a dismal run of one win in their last five league matches and left them third from bottom on 34 points, one point adrift of safety and four behind 16th-placed Palace with two games left.

And the midfielder hopes to continue that habit when Palace face Hull in their crunch relegation clash at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Mamadou Sakho has been nominated for Crystal Palace's Player of the Year award - despite only playing eight times.

However, it's clear that opposition clubs have clocked onto the fact that Zaha makes Palace tick, and the Ivory Coast global has been fouled 108 times this season - working out at a foul on Zaha 3.27 times a game.

"Often those fouls are ignored, and they frustrate Wilfried, and then he loses control sometimes".

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Hull manager Silva has less experience, but has been linked with several Premier League jobs having amassed 21 points from his 16 league games in charge on Humberside.

Allardyce said that his players' mental strength is key to getting past the final two games of the season.

"That is my opinion and we will fight".

The Portuguese is also likely to be heartened by the fact that his players have shown tremendous character previously by reacting well to several setbacks since his arrival in January, with gutsy wins against Swansea, West Ham and Watford being three well-documented examples. We're all focused on going to Crystal Palace on Sunday and getting the result that we need'. I believe in us.

"It looks like history is repeating itself, especially if you look at the last time we went down".

"Get the result however we need to get it".

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