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Scott Dann: The Crystal Palace dressing room is buzzing with belief

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CRYSTAL Palace star Scott Dann was delighted with Saturday's FA Cup win at Southampton and says manager Alan Pardew has given everyone a lift within the squad.

It was the Eagles fourth straight win in all competitions at St Mary's Stadium, with Marouane Chamakh and Yaya Sanogo coming up with the goods.

And Dann says there is more belief in the camp that they can go even further in the FA Cup, not only due to the win but the number of bigger clubs crashing out.

"It was great for the fans watching, end-to-end and a lot of goals," he said.

"Their goals we weren't happy with but I felt we were more creative in front of goal – and we deserved our goals and to be ahead at half-time.

"The dressing room is buzzing. We showed at Burnley we could come back from two goals down, and then we didn't get off to a great start at Southampton but we stuck in there and didn't let our heads drop.

"We showed what we're capable of. Since the moment the gaffer has come in he has given everyone a lift; the players and the fans.

"We have four wins on the bounce now and that would have been ideal at Southampton if it was a league game but we're through to the next round and you never know what happens if you keep winning in the competition.

"When some of the bigger teams have gone out and you've won, it makes that victory even more important and probably gives you a bit more relief going into the next round.

"In this competition you can't underestimate anyone. The results at the weekend have shown that so you need to perform to the best of your ability."

After Chamakh cancelled out Graziano Pelle's opener on Saturday, Dann unfortunately turned the ball into the back of his own net while attempting to block a cross from Ryan Bertrand.

"I've tried to stop it going across the goal, I've slid in and Wayne (Hennessey) has already shouted as I've already done so," added the centre-back.

"It was just one of those things. Sometimes you make split decisions and another time I might leave it and the keeper picks it up.

"But we never felt sorry for ourselves and the strikers did the business."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Scott Dann: The Crystal Palace dressing room is buzzing with belief


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