Freedman backs Palace to beat drop

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Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman believes his side have what it takes to secure npower Championship survival despite being held to a scrappy goalless draw by fellow strugglers Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Scunthorpe's draw at Coventry means they remain just three points clear of the Iron, although they have a substantially better goal difference.

Freedman said: "I am comfortable as long as we have that three-point gap. It's coming down to us winning a game of football. We have three games to get as many as we can. But looking around the dressing room I think we have more than enough to win games and the pleasing thing was we looked to play with no fear and we gave it a good go."

He added: "The main thing in this division is not to get beat and we didn't."

Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll was similarly content with his side's display, particularly as this was just their second clean sheet in 16 games.

Although Rovers are without a win in nine games, and remain five pints above the drop zone, O'Driscoll said: "Any point is a good point in this division.

"We have been here for three seasons and we have always said every point is precious at whatever stage of the season. We would have liked three but it's a difficult division for us.

"I can't remember the last time we had a clean sheet so that's something to celebrate I must admit.

"We fought like a team that wanted to stay in the division although I felt there was something missing.

"We did not play as well as we did against Hull (a 3-1 defeat). But our encouragement and demand of each other was good, although I would have no complaints if Palace had nicked a goal."

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