Allardyce: We need to keep chins up

12 February 2017 06:29:45 EST

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has urged his players to keep grafting after they slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday.

The Eagles are 16/1 to be relegated this season after earning only four points from Allardyce's first eight Premier League games in charge.

They were thrashed 4-0 at Selhurst Park by Sunderland last week and lost again on Saturday with Joe Allen scoring the only goal of a tight encounter at the bet365 Stadium.

Former West Ham and Bolton boss Allardyce admitted: "It's not been the results I expected. I thought it would have been easier for me to get the players to understand certain things.

"We all need to take more responsibility but we have to keep our chins up and graft away.

"I'm disappointed for the lads. They had many moments in the game when we were in control and none more so than when Stoke scored.

"They scored their only shot on target in the second half. It's a 1-0 defeat again and not the point that we deserve, at least. We have to keep battling on and believing. These are an honest bunch of players."

Palace are 11/10 to win their next match against Middlesbrough on 25th February.

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