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'Crystal Palace home form is remarkable - but away we're dreadful'

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WITHOUT a win on the road for nine league games it's fair to say that Crystal Palace's away form is dreadful at the moment for a team chasing promotion to the Premier League, writes Stephen Bridle.

Our home form, however, is remarkable – you have to travel back to August 18 and a 3-2 loss to Watford to find our last defeat. That's 17 games unbeaten by my count.

There are six remaining at Selhurst Park before the curtain comes down on what's sure to be remembered as a thrilling season.

If we secured those 18 points, history tells us it still wouldn't be enough to go up automatically, which we should surely be aiming for if we're aiming for anything.

Last Saturday – a 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday – epitomised our troubles when travelling. Our performances lack confidence of those in south London.

What's more is that we fail to capitalise on the hard work we put in. Fifty-eight per cent possession and seven shots on target should have seen an extra three points tallied up next to our name in the league table; though a familiar and unwelcome lack of cutting edge meant we picked up no points.

And the performances away against Burnley, Huddersfield Town and Watford in the first half, highlights the massive discrepancies in our form and assault on second place.

The atmosphere generated at home games should not be underestimated, but it's obvious we have the quality to win big on the road – we just need to find the catalyst and start turning in those performances and grabbing the results we all know we're capable of. Success at Selhurst seems an almost forgone conclusion. The battle needs to be won on foreign soil.


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