Delaney takes positives

Damien Delaney has called for Crystal Palace to match their much-improved performance against Liverpool in the remainder of the season.

Crystal Palace: Delaney takes positivesCrystal Palace: Delaney takes positives

Palace remain the only top-flight team yet to secure a Premier League victory in 2016, with their last win coming at Stoke on December 19, after the 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Since that last triumph they have beaten Southampton, Stoke and Tottenham in the FA Cup to progress to the quarter-finals, where on Friday they will visit Reading.

Delaney says the poor run of form is hard to take but feels they must look at the positives from the display against the Reds to ensure they are focused for the big games ahead.

He said: “That is probably the best we have played for a long time. We are almost asking ourselves what we have to do to win a game.

“We plough on, there is not much we can do about it. We have a nine-point cushion to the bottom three. It is not ideal but we have just got to get on with it.

“It was the best we played over a 90-minute period for a long time. No one is going to go home and cry about it.

“We cannot feel sorry for ourselves. It is done now, we have to draw a line under it and start again.”

He added: “(The Reading game) is a big one. If we can reproduce the way we played (against Liverpool), I am confident we can get a good result there. It is a short turnaround to Friday night. Thank God we had accumulated so many points so early in the season.”

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