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We want to score more goals – Patrick Vieira challenges Palace

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Patrick Vieira has challenged Crystal Palace to break their Premier League goals record in the competition’s 30th anniversary season.

The Eagles came close last season, hitting their second-best tally of 50 sets in 2016-17, just one short of their best Premier League tally of 51 in 2018-19.

Wilfried Zaha scored 14 of those goals in 2021/22, while Conor Gallagher, who is now back at Chelsea after a loan for South London, contributed eight.

“There’s no pressure,” Vieira said. “We scored those goals quite well. We have good players who are able to do something in the last 30 meters.

“But scoring goals is about how you play the game. I always think to create chances and score goals you have to play pretty well from behind and make the right decision.

“We want to score more goals than last year, so we have to play better football.”

Palace’s tricky start to the season began with a 2-0 home loss to Arsenal and the schedule won’t feel any easier with Liverpool at Anfield and a trip to holders Manchester City later this month.

The Eagles were just a goal behind Arsenal at the end of the Premier League opener, Gabriel Martinelli scoring a well-worked set piece until Marc Guehi’s own goal in the 85th minute put any hope of a joint win out of reach.

“It doesn’t make me at all happy that we conceded a goal from a set piece in the first game of the season,” admitted Vieira.

“I think we were a bit sloppy in that situation with the way we defended. We’ve talked about it and I expect we’ll defend a lot better from set pieces.

“We’ve been working on that since last year.”

Guehi will be looking to improve after his unlucky night at Selhurst Park where Bukayo Saka’s cross was deflected off his head and went past Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

Jurgen Klopp is also hoping for a better performance from his entire squad after the season opener ended in a 2-2 draw at Fulham.

Still, Guehi believes that goal line shouldn’t give Palace an extra boost.

“I don’t think there’s really a good time to play Liverpool,” he told Palace TV.

“Everyone knows how strong they are as a team, they have some fantastic players obviously even after a good season they’ve had so it’s going to be a tough game.

“We expect that and hope that we can show a good performance.”

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