TROUBLE AT THE PALACE AS FOXES EARN POINT
C PALACE ..........2 Holloway asks to be trusted
IAN Holloway has urged worried Crystal Palace fans to trust him despite the fear engulfing Selhurst Park that the Eagles may yet miss out on the play-offs.
That concern was only heightened by visiting Leicester, themselves desperate to secure a top-six berth, and Chris Wood’s leveller that increased Palace’s winless run to seven games.
Holloway’s side were top of the table in December, but their slide down the league has now ended any automatic promotion hopes – and may do more harm.
Danny Gabbidon and Stephen Dobbie had twice given the hosts the lead, the first equalised by Andy King.
But Holloway – who led Blackpool to the top flight in 2010 – insists he knows what he’s doing despite the pressure mounting in south London.
“I’m not going to make excuses for anybody, we’ve just got to dig in and fight because the last point you need to get into that play-offs isn’t easy to get,” said Holloway.
“I’ve had two seasons in the Championship recently when I was able to do it so I should know what I’m talking about.
“Yes I’m with a different team but so what? I’ve got to help these lads through it and I’ll stay calm no matter what.
“I was impressed with the courage of the lads. It’s not easy is it? I’m finding that out here. It’s not easy when you don’t give people what they want but from my point of view we scored two which we haven’t done for a while.
“We ended up being disappointed to get in front twice and particularly the manner of the second goal.
“But we got the point, and that to me is the important thing.We kept them away from us. I’d have preferred two more but you’ve got to take what you can and we did.
“I was just disappointed with the last goal I’ve got to admit. It looked like another mistake and we’ve got to eradicate them but it’s another point to our target. Let’s get on with it and see what happens.
“I thought we all worked hard; myself, my staff and the boys to show the fans that we do really care and that we want to get in those play-offs.
“It’s still in our hands isn’t it? Am I wrong? So let’s go and have a go, it’s an exciting time.
“This is what this prize is all about and when you look at Cardiff and their celebrations,