Bakary Sako delighted with improving Palace


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Crystal Palace ace Bakary Sako admits it is nice to see the club sitting outside the relegation zone following their impressive run of recent form.

The Eagles begun the campaign in disastrous fashion, losing each of their opening seven Premier League matches without even scoring a goal.

Many people felt Palace were already doomed for relegation following their poor start, but they have been able to turn things around under Roy Hodgson, and are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run that has moved them up to 16th in the standings – a point clear of the bottom three.

Palace can move further clear of the drop zone if they secure a positive result against Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Thursday and Mali international Sako admits confidence is high within the squad.

“It’s a good feeling to be in the current league position going into the Arsenal game and to actually get out of the bottom three gave us all a massive boost because we have been fighting hard to turn things around in recent weeks,” Sako told the club website.

“The important thing now though is to keep going and work hard to stay where we are in our next set of fixtures coming up.

“This unbeaten run of results has given us a lot of confidence and you can see that in our performances.”

The Eagles will have to be at their very best to get anything out of the clash with Arsenal, as they have only won one of the previous 15 meetings between the sides, although that triumph did come during their most recent clash at Selhurst Park last season.

Palace secured a 3-0 victory from that contest and they are priced at 4.33 to claim another three points on Thursday, while the Gunners are available at 1.80 and the draw is on offer at 3.80.

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