Crystal Palace boss warns promotion rivals of revival

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has dismissed claims suggesting his side are in crisis ahead of their match against Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Tuesday night.

Holloway's side are in need of a win having lost three of their last five games - a run which included an embarrassing defeat against rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.

The former Blackpool boss has played down Palace's recent results by insisting his side were always going to hit a poor run of form, and expects a return to form when it matters during the final five games of the season.

"I knew, when I arrived at Selhurst Park, that there would be a stage of the season when our credentials would be put to this kind of test," said Holloway in his weekly Daily Mirror column.

"When you are a football manager, ­losing games hurts you to the core, but it's still nothing more than an ­occupational hazard."

Holloway, who won promotion with Blackpool via the play-offs in 2010, believes his current side can replicate the Tangerines' success and make it all the way to the English top flight. 

He added: "My players are in a dark place, but I still believe we can emerge into the light over the next five games. I’m not in crisis and nor is my club."

After the clash against Ipswich, the Eagles host promotion rivals Leicester City on Saturday, before matches against Blackburn, Millwall and Peterborough United to conclude the season.

Play-off matches could then follow, with the final at Wembley on Monday, 27th May.

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