Kiraly: We must win
By Juha Pal
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gabor Kiraly says Crystal Palace must win on Sunday in a bid to avoid relegation.Gabor Kiraly says Crystal Palace must win on Sunday as the climax of the Premiership relegation battle nears.
The race to avoid the drop into The Championship is remarkably still wide open, as Southampton, Palace, Norwich and West Brom can all achieve safety on Survival Sunday.
The Eagles' shot-stopper is one key reason why Iain Dowie's side are still able to retain their top flight status due to his impressive form, and declared that three points are vital if they are to leapfrog Norwich into the all-important 17th spot.
"So far we have said that our future is in our hands but now we have to think it over," Kiraly told Nemzeti Sport.
"But there are so many variations about the relegation that I don't want to count the points.
"One thing is for sure, we must win and then we'll see what happens.
"Is it sure that Norwich will win? No.
"If we earn only one point and our rivals lose then we'll stay in the Premier League.
"And it's not far from the reality, okay, [Zoltan] Gera's team [West Brom] can have a draw.
"We always talk over the happenings with him after the games and Zoltan thinks too that these four teams have the chance to avoid relegation, although it's true not with the same chance."
Kiraly also had praise for the team-mate of his Hungarian compatriot Gera, as substitute keeper Thomasz Kuszczak made a string of fine saves to deny Manchester United in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
After spending four years alongside the young Pole at German outfit Hertha Berlin Kiraly is well placed to assess his abilities, and insisted that given a run of games the West Brom could prove himself in the number one shirt.
"I know they were happy with the point which was due to the excellence of their substitute keeper Kuszczak," Kiraly continued.
"It's not an easy job to go onto the pitch at Old Trafford.
"By the way it's not a surprise for me that he was so good because we had been teammates at Hertha Berlin for the period of four years and I know what he is capable of.
"He's a 23-year-old, young and talented player who needs games like this to become a reliable shot stopper."