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'Points will come,' says Van Aanholt


POSITIVE: Van Aanholt. Pic: Getty

POSITIVE: Van Aanholt. Pic: Getty

POSITIVE: Van Aanholt. Pic: Getty

Patrick van Aanholt believes Crystal Palace showed further signs of improvement and will soon be rewarded with results despite Saturday's defeat by Tottenham leaving them without victory in seven.

Juan Foyth's header made it a sixth defeat during that run, and after encouraging performances against Arsenal and Chelsea, the Eagles were perhaps unfortunate again against Spurs.

Jordan Ayew essentially gifted Foyth a free header when Spurs otherwise looked unlikely to score, and Alexander Sorloth threatened an equaliser.

Palace face Manchester United after the international break before their fixtures become kinder, and van Aanholt said: "We played well, we played strongly but we didn't get any points. It's frustrating but we've got to stick together.

"It's a difficult time but, like I said, we need to stick together like we always do and the points will come.

"We were solid defensively, it was just a bad day.

"We've been here before. But, like I said, we are very good, we've just got to get the points up. As soon as we get the points up, we'll be alright."

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino praised the strength of his squad.

"The squad is most important, the belief, the players. The most important thing is to keep all the players fit to be competitive. That is what pleases me the most. I congratulate them all."