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Big Sam: Palace have failed to cope mentally at Selhurst Park –...

Big Sam: Palace have failed to cope mentally at Selhurst Park – we have to do that against Boro

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Sam Allardyce during the Premier League match at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 11, 2017. See PA story SOCCER Stoke. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Sam Allardyce has played down Middlesbrough’s poor away form – pointing out his Crystal Palace side have already failed to dispatch fellow strugglers at Selhurst Park in recent weeks.

The Eagles are in the bottom three in the Premier League – with the visit of the Teessiders absolutely vital to their survival hopes.

Boro have not won away in the league since the end of August. But Allardyce said: “We were supposed to beat Sunderland here and lost 4-0. We were supposed to beat Swansea here and lost 2-1. It’s not us against Middlesbrough – it’s us against ourselves.

“We’ve got to play at our best. When we came across teams in a lesser position – Swansea and Sunderland – we didn’t cope mentally with what you have to cope with.

“There will be little in it. If you look at Middlesbrough’s record it has been down to the odd goal 20 times out of 25.”

Sports Editor | South London Press sports editor since 2007 who has covered huge sporting events for the paper – Crystal Palace’s Championship play-off final, two trips to Wembley in the FA Cup and David Haye’s world heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Previously sub-edited on the Sunday Mirror, Daily Star and Sport First. Former ClubCall deputy editor.

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Big Sam: Palace have failed to cope mentally at Selhurst Park –...