Belfast Telegraph

Warnock keeping calm

Neil Warnock is refusing to panic even though his Crystal Palace team remain desperately close to the relegation zone.

Palace saw their winless run stretch to five matches on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Manchester United courtesy of Juan Mata's second-half goal.

Palace are fourth from bottom, with only a marginally superior goal difference keeping them outside the bottom three.

But considering that 10th-placed Everton are only five points above the drop zone, the Palace manager thinks other teams are vulnerable too.

"I think there are a lot of teams in it, maybe from ninth downwards," Warnock said.

"It's very close.

"We'll all be scrapping. You've just got to take your chances, get your points when you can."

For that reason, Warnock was unhappy to leave Old Trafford without a point on Saturday.

United played poorly and would have gone behind in the first half had Fraizer Campbell taken his chance to beat David de Gea when through on goal.

"That was our best chance of beating Man United at Old Trafford if I'm honest," Warnock said.

Warnock is hoping for a better display from his team after the international break when Liverpool visit Selhurst Park.

Palace scored three goals in the last 11 minutes to dent Liverpool's title hopes in the fixture last season.

And with the Reds in bad form, Warnock is hoping for another surprise result against Brendan Rodgers' team on November 23.

"I wasn't (Palace manager) then, but I was watching, jumping up and down. It was a fantastic game," said Warnock, who started his second spell in charge of the club just over two months ago.

"It was disappointing for Liverpool because they really did throw it away on the day. But that is what Selhurst's like. We can get a good result against anyone there on our night."

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