Crystal Palace winger confident ahead of Liverpool clash
Jimmy Kebe believes Ian Holloway's men are capable of producing a positive result at Anfield on Saturday
Following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away at Southampton, Crystal Palace winger Jimmy Kebe sees no reason why his team can’t get a result at Liverpool this weekend.
Kebe made his first start for the Eagles against Southampton and enjoyed a bright first-half before fading later on as Palace chased the game and he is hopeful his side have enough quality to earn a second league win of the season at Anfield;
“Of course, why not? Its 11-versus-11,” he was quoted by the Croydon Advertiser.
“I’m looking forward to playing Liverpool. We just need to take the positives from the first half at Southampton and work hard this week."
Crystal Palace started strongly against high-flying Southampton but two quick-fire goals after the break from Dani Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert cost them, something Kebe admits isn’t good enough.
“I thought we did well in the first half and we respected the plan. But unfortunately, two goals in two minutes it’s like it's game over.
“The gaffer was not happy about the game but we’ll gave time to talk about it this week," he added.
The South Londoners travel to Liverpool on Saturday and to stand any chance of getting a result their backline must hold firm against the blossoming strike partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
The pair scored three goals between them against Sunderland last weekend and showed excellent link-up play throughout the match, suggesting they will be a real threat to opposition defences this season. Suarez especially looked sharp considering this was his first top-flight game following his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season.
But Kebe, 29, is confident Palace just need a bit more time to gel on the pitch before they can turn overturn their bad run of results.
“At the moment Crystal Palace have just got promoted so we have to learn, and I had the same problem at Reading last year," he said.
The Malian was part of the Royals side that was relegated from the Premier League last season and, along with defender Adrian Mariappa, was signed by the Eagles following their promotion via the play-offs.
Like Reading last season, Palace are aiming to avoid relegation back into the second-tier but their survival hopes will not be helped by rumours circulating of an alleged dressing-room brawl between Dean Moxey and Marouane Chamakh following the defeat against Southampton.
And with Hull and Cardiff picking up valuable points last weekend, the Eagles need to start winning games if they are to have any chance of staying up. But Kebe is confident they have the ability to turn things around before it’s too late.
"We need to make sure we don't doubt about the team, work as a team and we'll be fine.
"That's the most important thing, not doubting. We know it's going to be difficult and there are new players who need to be spot-on with the rest of the group," he said.
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