Vieira warns Crystal Palace stars that it’s ‘important to focus’ on Wolves’ quality over league position

Date published: Monday 17th October 2022 3:17 - News Desk

Vieira warns Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has insisted that “there is no easy game in this league” ahead of Tuesday’s game against Wolves.

Vieira has also informed his players that they will have to put in an improved performance if they want to beat Wolves at Selhurst Park in midweek.

They played out a dull 0-0 draw with Leicester City over the weekend. This result leaves the Londoners 13th in the Premier League, while the Foxes remain in the bottom three.

Crystal Palace have now only won one of their previous six games in the Premier League. Their only win in this run came against Leeds United.

Vieira’s men now face another side battling at the wrong end of the table as they play host to managerless Wolves who, despite beating Nottingham Forest at the weekend, are still just one point and one place above the drop zone.

The Eagles will be hoping for a better result than they managed at the King Power Stadium but Vieira is well aware that league positions can be misleading at this stage of the season.

He said: “It’s important to focus on the quality of the teams we are facing and not at the table, because it is too early to be looking at the table.

“When you look at this Wolves team and you look at the individual talent that they have, we have to perform well, we have to play better than we did against Leicester to win that game.”

Wolves are currently under the leadership of interim head coach Steve Davis after Bruno Lage was sacked at the start of the month, although Vieira insisted that does not affect how his side will approach the match.

“We are going to face a team who – when you look at the last few performances that they had – are well organised, there is no doubt about the organisation,” he said.

“I think it will be challenging because they will want to get out of their position and we want to get higher and it’s going to be a challenging game for us, there’s no doubt about it.

“We don’t think for one second that because of the temporary manager that they have or because of the league table that it’s going to be an easy game, there is no easy game in this league.”

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