Luka Milivojevic urges Crystal Palace to build on Newcastle result ahead of Sam Allardyce reunion
By Chris Williams
Last Updated: 05/02/18 3:50pm
Luka Milivojevic has spoken of his desire for Crystal Palace to build on Sunday's 1-1 draw with Newcastle ahead of their Premier League meeting with Sam Allardyce's Everton.
Everton have picked up one win from nine matches in all competitions, and Milivojevic is looking forward to the encounter with his former boss on Saturday.
The Serbia international was brought to Palace just over 12 months ago by Allardyce. The former England manager went on to leave the club at the end of last season.
"I played for him, we stayed in the league, we have very nice memories under him and for sure he was one of the best managers I have worked with," Milivojevic said.
"We are going to give our all to beat them but before and after the game we are going to shake hands because we spent a lot of time together and had great memories.
"One morning they said he left and wanted to retire from football. It was a shock for us. It was after the season and we heard he wanted to retire.
"We were not happy because we had good results under him. But that is life. Then after how many months he signed for Everton because they needed him."
Palace currently sit 14th in the Premier League - only three points above the relegation zone - and Milivojevic has targeted a repeat performance from their draw with Newcastle when they face Everton.
"Next game is against Everton and we have to try to do the same job," Milivojevic, who has scored six league goals this season, said.
"If we can create like we did against Newcastle it will be perfect if we score more goals. In the second half we had seven or eight (goalscoring chances)."
After their trip to Everton, Palace face three tricky fixtures; consecutive home matches against Tottenham and Manchester United are followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge. Milivojevic's determination to spur his team-mates on comes at a key time in the Eagles' season.
Fully aware of the task, the midfielder added: "It's hard, it's going to be difficult until the end of the season, we know that, but we need to keep going."
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