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Fletcher's Palace Warning

Darren Fletcher

DARREN FLETCHER has warned his Stoke City teammates not to take Crystal Palace’s position in the Premier League table for granted when the two sides go head-to-head tomorrow.

The Eagles are currently bottom of the standings following a disappointing start to the season which saw them winless and without a goal in their opening seven games.

Roy Hodgson has since replaced Frank de Boer at Selhurst Park and has taken things back to basics with the South London club picking up five points from as many games as they look to kick-start their campaign.

Fletcher says Saturday’s encounter will be as difficult as any as City aim to stretch their unbeaten run on the road as well as gaining their first win in SE19 in over a decade.

“Away from home, Crystal Palace is a tough game in the Premier League,” the Scot told Premier League Productions.

“There’s always a sense of danger and tomorrow is no different because they’re a good side and their position in the table is probably false.

“Yes we hope to capitalise on low confidence because they’re in a little bit of a rut but at the same time we are aware of the threat they possess."

“They’ve had a new manager that didn’t work out and now they have someone in place who is experienced and I think their performances have improved since then.

“I’ve seen them a lot more, they’ve gone back to the old Crystal Palace we’ve seen where they’re hard to beat first and foremost and they have players that can hurt you on the counter attack.

“It’s always been a notorious place where they get behind the ball quickly and made it very difficult with the atmosphere they create there.

“They’re fighting to desperately get out of the position they’re in, so we can’t be complacent going there, we need to implement our own game and try to make it as difficult for them as we know it will be for us.“