Premier League - Palace prepared for Stoke clash

Ian Holloway has challenged his Crystal Palace players to make headlines for what they achieve on the pitch on Saturday as the Eagles go in search of a first Barclays Premier League victory at Stoke.

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Premier League - Palace prepared for Stoke clash

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

Holloway found himself in the media spotlight again following a 1-0 loss to Tottenham in the opening game last weekend, his comments about match officials landing him with a charge of improper conduct and bringing the game into disrepute by the Football Association.

However, the Eagles manager - who gave plenty of colourful interviews during his last stint in the top flight with Blackpool - maintains Saturday must all be about the result marking Palace's Premier League return.

"We want to score our first goal and get a point on the board, people will start taking notice of us when things start happening," Holloway said.

"We must never go into these games with a negative attitude, but going to Stoke will be a tough, tough fixture. We will be positive though.

"I think we did really well as a team (last week) and can take positives from the game against a side like Tottenham.

"My lads as a group, whoever is selected, will be ready and clear in their roles and give a good account of themselves.

"My lads will have to adapt each week to the tasks ahead as we come up against different opponents each game; tactics will change."

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