Paul Jewell says Selhurst Park atmosphere can spur on Crystal Palace
Paul Jewell says the intimidating atmosphere at Selhurst Park can aid Crystal Palace's survival bid.
Last Updated: 04/12/13 2:35pm
That's the view of former Ipswich and Derby manager Paul Jewell after he watched the Eagles defeat London rivals West Ham at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night for Soccer Special.
Tony Pulis' charges moved off the bottom of the Premier League with the win - their second in three games - and following Saturday's home clash with Cardiff, Palace welcome Newcastle, Norwich, Stoke, Hull and West Brom to Croydon.
And Jewell reckons the intimidating atmosphere at Selhurst Park can help the Eagles collect a substantial haul of points after their "deserved" triumph over Sam Allardyce's Hammers.
"Palace's fans have been fantastic from day one and create a really unique atmosphere," said Jewell, who has guided both Bradford and Wigan into the Premier League.
"And with those home games coming up they will fancy their chances of nicking three or four wins and maybe a couple of draws which will get them right in the pack."
On the Eagles' 1-0 win over West Ham, in which Marouane Chamakh headed in the hosts' goal on 42 minutes, Jewell added: "If you look at the chances created and how [Palace centre-backs] Damien Delaney and Danny Gabbidon swallowed up every ball, they deserved it.
"West Ham had a lot of the ball - they was a period in the first half when Mark Noble and Ravel Morrison were getting it in little pockets of space - but they didn't do enough with it and didn't test Julian Speroni at all.
"Mile Jedinak and Kagisho Dikgacoi, in midfield, restricted West Ham and Palace looked good on the break, too, and six points out of nine is a good return ahead of the game with Cardiff.
"West Ham, though, have a real tough period coming up with games against Liverpool, Sunderland, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal."
There are nine Premier League matches taking place on Wednesday night, and you can keep bang up to speed with the scores by watching Soccer Special, 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports News.