C PALACE ..........2 Hol­loway asks to be trusted

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Neil Jones

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,

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