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Kelly: Sam has already won over Palace players


Sam Allardyce. Pic: Reuters

Sam Allardyce. Pic: Reuters

Sam Allardyce. Pic: Reuters

Martin Kelly has revealed Sam Allardyce has won over Crystal Palace's squad to the extent that avoiding relegation is no longer the limit of their ambitions.

Allardyce was on Friday appointed as Alan Pardew's successor and oversaw his first game as manager of 17th-placed Palace in Monday's 1-1 draw at Watford.

They produced an improved performance until, during the second half, appearing to lose confidence and conceding the penalty from which Troy Deeney scored Watford's equalising goal, but the manager remained adamant he saw numerous positives from his team.

Kelly said: "Sam brings his experience and we're all on board with his philosophy.

"He hasn't had long to work with us; we just had a quick turnaround on Christmas Eve.

"It's exciting to have him as our manager and we just hope we can all come together to give him the results that he and the fans want moving forward as a club."