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Home form and the Palace fans are key, says Barry Bannan

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CRYSTAL Palace midfielder Barry Bannan believes the club's home form will indicate whether they stay up or not this season.

The Eagles grabbed their first win in SE25 against Tottenham on Saturday since beating Liverpool at the end of November.

Bannan started the game after an impressive display in the FA Cup at Dover Athletic the previous weekend and admitted Palace "sussed" Spurs' style of play out fairly quickly to stop them.

"It was a great three points and what we went out to go and do," he told the Advertiser.

"We really needed it with the teams below us picking up points too, and that put pressure on us.

"But we played brilliant out there and everyone was delighted with the new gaffer.

"We tried to play a bit more – it probably took us around 20 minutes to get going.

"Spurs are a top, top team and dominated possession but we sussed them out and got used to what they were doing.

"Harry Kane is in form, and when strikers are like that, everything they seem to hit goes in.

"That the type of form he's on and it was hard to play against. One shot on goal and he's scored it, but apart from that I thought we kept them quiet.

"We had the best chances in the end. I felt we got crosses into the box and put them under pressure too.

"With Glenn Murray in the middle, you know he's going to be battling for it.

"The defence was OK before anyway but we hadn't conceded in three games either and knew we had to start winning our home games.

"With the Palace fans behind us, we can turn Selhurst into a fortress. The home games will be important whether we stay up or go down."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Home form and the Palace fans are key, says Barry Bannan


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