Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson feels his side have improved dramatically since he took charge and is confident they can take the game to Manchester United on Monday.
Hodgson, who replaced Frank de Boer in the early stages of the season, believes the Eagles have given themselves a great chance of avoiding relegation.
Palace lost 4-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the season and Hodgson is aware they face a tough task to get anything out of United in London on Monday evening, but he isn’t expecting his side to roll over either.
He told the Croydon Advertiser: “They’ve made big strides, worked very hard to be a better team and a harder team to beat, and I feel more confident going into this game on Monday night – even with quite a few still missing – that we can give a better account of ourselves than we did at Old Trafford.”
Palace dropped into the bottom three after Saturday’s results but Hodgson is confident they can pull clear come the end of the season.
He added: “Usually there’s a lot of concern for quite a few clubs being dragged into that zone.
“The relegation zone this season goes so far up the table, and that is unusual.
“But there will be three teams relegated and we’re working very hard that it’s not us.”
Palace have a tough run in as, after taking on top-four chasing United, they still have Champions League contenders Chelsea and Liverpool to come in March.
The Eagles could be involved in some key clashes in the final weeks of the season as their last two games are against Stoke (a) and West Brom (h) – the other two sides currently in the relegation zone.