Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is hoping that his side can get back in the win column against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
The Eagles have lost three straight games in the league against West Ham, Leicester and Liverpool. They slipped down to 13th place after the loss to Liverpool last weekend, but Pardew is looking for a response on Saturday.
“Sometimes the Premier League fixture list makes if difficult,” Pardew said. “Leicester won the league, then we had Liverpool at home.
“The West Ham game we are kicking ourselves a bit about but our fans know we put in decent displays, so I am not overly concerned.
“I like to think the fans understand. They are a great group to work with they give me everything they’ve got. We’ve just fallen short in the last couple of games but there is no concern on my part.
“But this is a big fixture for both clubs – it could send us both up into the top 10.”
Pardew also dismissed reports that the club will go after Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in the January transfer window to replace injured Pape Souare, who got into a serious car accident back in September.
“There is no interest from us at all,” Pardew said. “Losing Souare was a blow to us as we haven’t got the cover on the left that we would like, and if he doesn’t come back soon then that’s the only area we might look at.
“He’s some way from being fit, but he’ll be back around the window.”