Upton Park, Saturday 12.45pm
West Ham keeper Robert Green will start after having his midweek red card rescinded. Defender Abdoulaye Faye and winger Julien Faubert (hamstring) are both fit.
"We're a couple of players short of being genuine challengers. Going from a relegation-threatened team to one that is going to get promotion the following season is just too much with the same group of players, aside from a couple of free transfers.
"I can't sit back and pull the wool over the players' and fans' eyes and say that we are ready - because I strongly believe we're not. My experience gained through the years that I have played in the Championship and been at Palace tells me that we are one or two players short of getting in the top six and four or five away from automatic promotion.
"I never really concern myself with results, they take care of themselves. We have bounced back incredibly since Cardiff and are unbeaten since then with some fantastic performances.
"I hope on Saturday we can perform to the same standard we have been. If we do, we will come close against a very well organised team who I do believe will be champions and their manager Sam Allardyce will lift the trophy.
"A draw would be a great result but is it a game we are going there to win and, hopefully, repeat the performance and result from Saturday."
"It doesn't matter if you are playing top of the table or bottom of the table, in this league it is always going to be a great battle. I think all the boys were really relieved to get the win against Watford.
"We've had some good performances of late but just haven't been able to finish the game and capitalise on our chances. I thought that on Saturday everyone showed great character and at 2-0 we knew we just had to keep going and keep looking for more goals.
"When you know you are playing well but not getting the points you deserve it encourages you to give even more. If you haven't played well but got the result it doesn't drive you on and I think not getting what we've deserved has just made us even hungrier.
"It is bound to turn around and if you keep playing well it is going to turn around sooner or later. It is easy to blame the Carling Cup for our run of form but personally I don't think it has made a difference.
"It was hard to go out the way we did but I think we've reacted well to it and some of the football we have played has been outstanding. All the squad are really enjoying our football at the moment and now we have got that first victory it is important to try and go on a run."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|01/10/2011||League||Crystal Palace||2 - 2||West Ham United|
|29/05/2004||League||West Ham United||0 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|12/04/2004||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 0||West Ham United|
|01/10/2003||League||West Ham United||3 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|05/05/1998||League||Crystal Palace||3 - 3||West Ham United|
Palace 0-1 West Ham United
Saturday October 15 2016
Palace: Mandanda, Delaney, Kelly (Cabaye, 45), Ward, Tomkins, Zaha, Townsend, Puncheon, Ledley (Fryers, 45), McArthur (Wickham, 70), Benteke
Subs not used: Campbell, Lee, Hennessey, Sako
West Ham United: Adrian, Ogbonna, Reid, Kouyate, Antonio, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell (s/o 75), Zaza (Calleri, 86), Lanzini (Nordtveit, 88), Payet (Fernandes, 78)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Feghouli, Fletcher
Goals: Lanzini (19)
Bookings: Noble, Ogbonna, Adrian, Cresswell
Sent off: Cresswell (s/o 75)
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