Hull: Wanted Hull man putting contract talks on hold

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Finally, getting the hint, Sakho joined up with Crystal Palace on loan as disgraced former England manager and world class curmudgeon Sam Allardyce attempted keep the London club out of the relegation zone.

The 27-year-old helped Palace win five times in his eight games - and secured a draw with Arsenal - as the battle against the drop.

Crystal Palace have shortlisted Mamadou Sakho for their player of the season award despite making only eight appearances for them.

However, it's clear that opposition clubs have clocked onto the fact that Zaha makes Palace tick, and the Ivory Coast global has been fouled 108 times this season - working out at a foul on Zaha 3.27 times a game.

Having registered one victory in 10 previous league games, Steve Coppell was a relieved Palace manager when his side thrashed Hull with goals from Kevin Taylor, Phil Barber, Andy Gray and two from Tony Finnigan. When I've been with teams in the past, we went into games with a full squad. "We will fight until the end". That philosophy has to apply for Sunday and whatever happens, however well you play or don't play, it's the result that matters.

"Like everybody else, like here, the recruitment of players has been the difference between us before January and us after January".

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"We need to win the game and will work hard to do that".

Once again, he's done a good job for a club in dire straits and showed that he has enough knowledge of the game to organise a team well in pursuit of safety.

"We play not to lose - that is the key element".

"We have to attack from the outset on Sunday because our fate is now out of our hands".

"Get the result however we need to get it".

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