Vieira demands goals as Crystal Palace prepare for Brentford

Patrick Vieira, Manager of Crystal Palace, looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on February 04, 2023 in Manchester, England.

Patrick Vieira gave an honest assessment of his team’s attacking performances as he urged better decision-making when his side face Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday.

Palace are still searching for their first win of 2023 in the Premier League, but a London Derby victory could be the catalyst they need for a revival in fortunes.

Vieira was scathing of his team’s finishing, but believes they are creating plenty of chances.

He said: “The biggest improvement that I would want to see is us scoring more goals.

“We created opportunities, we created chances, but we didn’t take those chances – and in football, you have to take those chances and to try to score goals.

“I think the mindset has to be more ruthless in front of goal, with more determination.

“We have to improve that quality. When we are in the last third, we are making a lot of wrong decisions and that side of the game has to improve as well.”

Brentford, who are unbeaten in ten league matches after Ivan Toney’s controversial equaliser against Arsenal, will provide a stern test for the Eagles.

Vieira was confident his team can force a result: “When we faced them (earlier in the season), we competed against them (in a 1-1 draw), and this time it is not going to be any different.

“They are in form, but we played recently against teams who have been on really good runs and we competed really well against those teams.

“It is about ourselves and how we can be well disciplined. We will play the way I strongly believe we can.”

The Eagles will still be without talisman Wilfried Zaha, despite some excitement around his availability as he returned to training this week.

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