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'We'll stay up' says Chamakh

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PALACE striker Marouane Chamakh says he has a "feeling" the club will stay in the Premier League this season under new manager Tony Pulis.

The Moroccan grabbed the only goal of the game against West Ham United on Tuesday night to give the Eagles a vital three points.

Chamakh is looking to add to his two goals so far this season and thinks that with Pulis believing in the players, they could survive relegation.

"I knew it was a really big challenge [coming to Palace], so that is why I came and I want to do everything to stay up in the Premier League this year," said the striker.

"In one week, we have had two games already, and it's different playing with another striker.

"I think he [Pulis] has come with the confidence and I think he believes in this team and us.

"I feel something good and the feeling is that we will stay in the Premier League."

The Hammers dominated the first half of Tuesday's game, but Palace drew first blood after Barry Bannan's pinpoint cross found Chamakh unmarked to guide a header into the back of the net.

And the former Arsenal man, who spent time on loan at Upton Park last season, says he will keeping working hard for the team – even if that means he does not always score.

"I was really happy I scored but the most important thing was the three points and that we won," Chamakh said. "Sometimes when I've had a good game, I don't care if I don't score. It's mostly important the team wins.

"I like to work hard for the team and I don't care if people say I don't score. When I go home, I am still happy as if I've scored once or twice.

"I know I'm a striker but that is what I am like. I am 29- years-old and I can't change.

"It was a big victory because West Ham were on 13 points. We took three points so there are four or five teams [around us], so it is good and we play again on Saturday at home.

"We have another opportunity to get three points."

Chamakh had been used as a lone striker at the start of the season, but since Keith Millen's time in caretaker charge and Pulis' arrival, Palace have gone with two strikers in attack.

Cameron Jerome certainly made a statement after his substitute appearance at Hull City by creating the winning goal two weeks ago, and Chamakh is delighted to have some extra help.

"It is better, and in our three games together, I like it," he said. "I am happy there is someone close to me [in attack].

"Sometimes I like to play one or two touch balls to find someone and move, so it's good to have Cam. It is really difficult [playing on my own]."

'We'll stay up' says Chamakh


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