Warnock has faith in Palace

Crystal Palace 1 Stoke City 1

Warnock has faith in Palace

The Palace boss admitted “we could and should have won” the last five games in the wake of Saturday’s dismal 1-1 draw with Stoke at Selhurst Park.

Palace’s only win since September was a 3-1 triumph over Liverpool, but since then the south Londoners have drawn with Swansea, Tottenham and Stoke, and lost at home to Aston Villa.

The Eagles now sit just one point off the relegation zone, but Warnock is unfazed by his side’s recent missed opportunities.

“I still think we’ve got enough to be okay,” said Warnock.

“I don’t think you can write us off against anybody.

“That’s five games where we could and should have won really.

“So we’ve just got to convert more of our opportunities.

“We have got to create chances, get two or three players in the transfer window as quickly as possible, and then take it forward.”

James McArthur claimed his first goal for Palace in 15 appearances since his switch from Wigan, but Peter Crouch struck almost immediately to level for Stoke.

Neither side could then carve out another clear opening in a dour contest between two teams struggling for fluency.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes claimed the state of the Selhurst Park pitch restricted his side’s attacking fluency.

“We’re reasonably pleased with a point at Palace,” said Hughes.

“Sometimes it’s not easy to get on the ball and play the game you want to.

“The pitch wasn’t great today in terms of trying to play the kind of passing game we’ve been playing of late.”

CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, McArthur (Bannan 85), Jedinak, Ledley, Zaha (Puncheon 61), Chamakh (Gayle 77), Bolasie.

STOKE: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Cameron, Nzonzi, Walters, Bojan (Arnautovic 55), Diouf, Crouch.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

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