Crystal Palace must take chances, says veteran Phillips

Kevin Phillips believes Crystal Palace must take their chances in order to beat the drop and remain in the Premier League, reports TalkSport.

Phillips, 40, played a part in getting Holloway’s side promoted to the Premier League last season following a loan spell from Blackpool – the striker scored seven goals in 16 appearances for the Eagles.

Now Phillips, who joined Palace on a one-year deal in the summer, is hoping to keep the club in the top flight following a struggling start, but knows improvement is required. “We need to take out chances at this level,” he said.

In the Championship you may get two, three or four chances but in the Premier League you only get one opportunity and you have to take it. You have to be clinical.

We have to be tight at the back as well but, having said that, defensively we’ve done ok this season. I know we conceded three against Liverpool but that’s no disgrace and there are plenty of teams who will do that. It’s in the attacking areas that we need to create a few more chances and then take them. If we do that then we have an opportunity [to stay up].

Phillips was part of the relegated Birmingham City side in the 2010-11 season, but the 40-year-old will be hoping to avoid a similar experience this season.

The Premier League’s top scorer in 1999-2000 has had spells at Watford, Southampton, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham and Blackpool.

Phillips remains the only Englishman to win the European Golden Shoe, following his 30 goals for Sunderland in the 1999-2000 season in the Premier League.

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