Ian Holloway expecting tough times in Premier League

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is under no illusions as to how tough life in the Premier League will be.

Holloway's team beat Watford 1-0 at Wembley thanks to an extra time penalty from Kevin Phillips to secure promotion.

In truth, it was a bit of a drab encounter until the second half when Palace started dominating and Watford had 'keeper Manuel Almunia to thank for keeping them in the game.

Speaking to the club's official website, the Palace boss said: "I am going to scratch my head and wonder 'just how are we going to stay in the Premier League?'

"It all starts now because the minute we kick off next season we're on a hiding to nothing."

It will be the first time the south London side have featured in the Premier League since 2006. 

Crystal Palace were only in the top division for one season and Holloway wants to ensure his team challenge this time round.

He added: "We've got to make sure we can compete and I want us to stay there.

"We have enough match winners in our team that would cause a few problems. I've got to make sure we've got that again next year."

Holloway was promoted to the Premier League in 2010 with Blackpool but endured relegation the following year and the 50-year-old is thankful for his opportunity.

He continued: "I've been very fortunate with that with both teams that have done it for me, I was privileged to have worked with them. To me they're Palace heroes."


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