Palace ready to play ugly for survival, says Allardyce

Sam Barratt plays 90 minutes for Crystal Palace under 23s

Finally, getting the hint, Sakho joined up with Crystal Palace on loan as disgraced former England manager and world class curmudgeon Sam Allardyce attempted keep the London club out of the relegation zone.

The defender arrived from Liverpool on a short-term deal in January and played eight games before suffering a knee injury against Tottenham in April.

A poor result could instead leave them requiring an unlikely victory at Manchester United on the final day of the season, but considering Hull's greater need he insists his players' priority is to remain calm and avoid a fourth straight defeat.

And the midfielder hopes to continue that habit when Palace face Hull in their crunch relegation clash at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

He has gone on to make eight Premier League appearances and has even been nominated for the club's Player of the Year award.

"When we win, we win all together", Silva told British media. We didn't achieve what we wanted (against Sunderland) but we have two more games. The first thing we need to be (against Palace) is calm.

Allardyce said that his players' mental strength is key to getting past the final two games of the season.

"But until the end we will fight. I like to believe that will happen on Sunday".

"It's remarkable that the team has reached 38 points considering where they were before he took over".

"We will prepare for these games like we prepare for the others", Silva added.

"It looks like history is repeating itself, especially if you look at the last time we went down". This time last week we were in the driving seat, but this league is unpredictable and who's to say there won't be another turn in it this weekend.

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