Patrick Vieira urges his Crystal Palace side to kill off games after being held to nine draws this season, as the Eagles boss admits the team are ‘vulnerable’ after missing chances ahead of their Liverpool clash
- Crystal Palace have drawn nine times this season in the Premier League
- Patrick Vieira believes his side must control games from winning positions
- A victory for the Eagles would see them rise up to 10th in the league table
- Palace are without James Tomkins and James McArthur for the Liverpool clash
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira believes his players need to kill off games when in front to avoid drawing so often.
The Eagles welcome title challengers Liverpool to Selhurst Park today, with this being the last round of fixtures before the two-week winter break.
Vieira believes his team need to improve on controlling games from winning positions, after drawing nine times already this season.
Patrick Vieira wants his side to improve on controlling games after drawing nine times
‘When we have the chance to score the second goal, we don’t score it,’ Vieira said. ‘When we miss, it leaves us vulnerable.
‘We need to manage these periods when we are winning 1-0 with a couple of minutes to go much better than how we are right now, and in the first part of the season.
‘Managing the difficult period during these games is something we need to improve on, but that will come with experience, motivation and time.
‘I think the more the players go through these situations, then the more we will improve as a team. These experiences will definitely build up their confidence.’
Vieira is urging his Palace squad to manage difficult periods rather than being vulnerable
The Eagles currently sit 11th with Conor Gallagher (pictured) being a big influence
Palace have enjoyed a good first half of the season under the Frenchman, sitting in 13th place, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are up in second.
After conceding three goals from set-pieces in the reverse fixture, Vieira is adamant that that will not be the case this time around.
He added: ‘I think as a team we need to improve our defensive aspect, we’ve conceding too many goals from set-pieces, especially at the start of the season. We are much better now but we still need to improve.
‘I would like for our potency while in possession to improve as well. I think we have been able to have a good level of possession, but we haven’t been using the ball as well as we want to.
Vieira believes his side are conceding too many goals from set-pieces despite improvements
‘We want to score more goals from set-pieces because we haven’t been scoring enough from them. But there is a lot of aspects that I’m really happy with.
‘I want to challenge the players, and for them to be able to do more when I ask them to. I hope overtime, our collective game can improve.’
Victory for Vieira’s men would see the Eagles rise a place into tenth, while a win for Liverpool would move them closer to league leaders Manchester City.
James Tomkins and James McArthur remain out for Palace, however Jordan Ayew returns after Ghana were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations.