Sam Allardyce has Crystal Palace players looking up, says Martin Kelly

Sam Allardyce looks on before his first match in charge of Crystal Palace against Watford
Image: Players have already bought into Sam Allardyce's philosophy, says Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly has revealed Sam Allardyce has won over Crystal Palace's squad to the extent that avoiding relegation is no longer the limit of their ambitions.

Allardyce was appointed as Alan Pardew's successor on Friday and guided the Eagles to a 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Watford, ending their run of two straight defeats.

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Discussing the impact Allardyce has already made in his first few days as manager, Kelly said: "Sam brings his experience and we're all on board with his philosophy.

"He hasn't had long to work with us; we just had a quick turnaround on Christmas Eve and we've played early doors on Boxing Day.

HIghlights from Watford 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

"It's exciting to have him as our manager and we just hope we can all come together to give him the results that he and the fans want moving forward as a club.

"For us, we have to turn up with a game plan, so come a few months' time we're in a better position. We're talking about pushing on in the league instead of looking down the bottom.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
Image: Kelly insists players will always hold Alan Pardew in high regard

"Football is crazy nowadays with the changeover of managers. We all have the greatest respect for Alan and what he had done with us, the players, and his time at the club and what he did as a player."

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Defender Kelly's position is expected to come under threat in January with Palace likely to recruit a new full-back to replace the injured Pape Souare.

Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly
Image: Martin Kelly has played across the backline during his career

Discussing a potential change in position from full-back to central defence, Kelly said: "I'm a defender who plays across the back four. I'd love centre-half as well some day; I can see myself fulfilling my true potential there.

"I am looking forward to working with Sam. He was a centre-half himself, so he should bring his experience to our club."

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