Phillips hails breaktime to get the Eagles flying again
After four straight defeats in the Premier League, Kevin Phillips says the international break has come at a good time for Crystal Palace.
The 40-year-old hitman has made only three league appearances off the bench this season and watched his team-mates struggle to find their feet in the top flight.
Palace resume action on October 21 in front of the Sky cameras when Fulham come to south-east London, a match Phillips is already calling a six-pointer.
Before the end of November, Palace will face WBA, Hull City and Norwich City – teams they would hope to take points from.
Phillips said: “Although we have four or five players away on international duty this break gives us a chance to work hard on the training pitch.
“We can concentrate on formations and what the gaffer wants us to do.
“I have learnt that you need to take your breaks when you can, because once the internationals stop and we get close to Christmas, the games will come thick and fast.”
Palace are struggling with one win in seven games, and Phillips is in no doubt about the importance of Monday’s all-London clash.
“We’re in the biggest league in the world, and we’re going to hear people in the media or on the terraces say we’re going down, but you learn not to listen,” he said.
“Fulham is a huge game, I’d call it a six-pointer, especially if you consider the games we have coming up after it.
“But we have not been battered in any games, and I know we have the players to turn this around.
“There is passion in the dressing room, everyone knows about the hoo-hah during the Southampton game, but that’s all water under the bridge and it shows that we all care.”
Despite firing Palace to the Premier League with seven goals in 16 appearances last season, including the all- important penalty at Wembley, Phillips’ chances in the Premier League have been limited – but he is not concerned.
“I knew what the role was when I signed,” he said.
“I have come off the bench a few times but have unfortunately not got on the scoresheet.
“I thought I did ok against Tottenham, but I have faith in what the manager decides and I am happy to carry.”
He added: “Look, I am 40 years old and still playing in the Premier League, and I am still hoping to get my chance this season. It cannot be bad.”
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