Crystal Palace need a mindset shift if they want to stop conceding late goals in close games, admitted Patrick Vieira.
The Eagles have given up a critical second-half goal in two of their last three matches, both coming in the last two minutes of normal time and costing Palace points as they drew with Brentford and then lost to Chelsea in their last outing.
It has left Palace in the position of potentially dropping into the relegation zone if they suffer another poor result against Leeds on Sunday.
Vieira said: “It’s something we’re looking at closely to try to find the best way not to concede those goals, because those goals are stopping us from taking points that we deserve.
“When you look at our performances themselves, especially the last game against Chelsea, we deserved to get the points in that game.
“T. are some mindsets we need to work on to change that. It is about coming from the bench, coming from me as well as a manager, but this is something we have to resolve if we want to win football matches.
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“But, since I’ve been ., we’ve had issues with different parts of the game that we managed to work on and we will improve. I don’t have any doubt in that.”
The Eagles have won just one of their seven matches so far this Premier League season and enter the weekend in 17th place, though have a game in hand on a number of sides following back-to-back September postponements.
And they faced a tough test in the matches they did ., having already taken on Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in their first seven contests.=
In the weeks before the World Cup, Palace will face a less gruelling onslaught of opponents, with a trip to Leicester on the schedule after hosting Leeds at Selhurst Park on Sunday.