Gary Cahill: “We need to look in front of us and not behind us”

Gary Cahill insists Crystal Palace must look to climb the table after stringing together a run of three successive league wins.

Crystal Palace have kept three clean sheets in 1-0 wins against Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford respectively since the mid-season break.

More importantly, the Eagles have prevailed against teams also fighting for relegation and as a result they’ve moved 12 points clear of the relegation zone.

“I’m delighted. First and foremost the three wins is the most important thing for us, especially at this stage,” Cahill told the Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

He added: “Three games ago it was looking very tight down there. We had a spell of losing a few games and it was important that we improved our organization and get the basics right.

“I’ve got to be careful what I say, but I’m sure that 39 points keeps us safe and we need to push on and look in front of us not behind us and see how far up that table we can finish.”

The Eagles have conceded just 32 goals this season, which is fewer than Tottenham Hotspur (40), Chelsea (39) and Arsenal (36).

Cahill has enjoyed a new lease of life at Selhurst Park after slipping down the pecking order at Chelsea and is enjoying playing under Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson was rewarded for his work at Crystal Palace last week with a new one-year contract extension and Cahill believes it’ll help bring stability for next season.

“The lads are delighted he’s signed an extension,” he said. “We know that’ll give us stability as well for next season.

“He’s clearly someone who is very experienced in the game. He’s been around for a long time, especially in this league.

“I obviously know him well from working with him at England and he’s a real footballing man so I’m sure the fans will be happy.”

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