Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ollie Wary of Being the 'Tinkerman' While Stoking the Promotion Fires

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ollie Wary of Being the 'Tinkerman' While Stoking the Promotion Fires

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro Sports Correspondent

THE FA Cup is not Ian Holloway's priority this season but the Crystal Palace manager knows making too many changes could upset the momentum of his high-flying side.

Palace are third in the Championship and one defeat in eight has moved them to within two points of the automatic promotion places ahead of Stoke's visit to Selhurst Park.

A run to the League Cup semi-finals took its toll on League form last season and Holloway has been told to concentrate on promotion by the board. Holloway is wary that some of his squad need a rest following four games in 11 days but said: "I do not really want to tinker too much because our pattern and how we have looked have been good for the last few games.

"If I could play all of them in this game and guarantee no suspensions and no injuries, I would do it. I have to be very CRYSTAL PALACE v STOKE FA Cup Tomorrow, 3pm careful but I want to continue the process I have seen recently because it is gradually starting to feel like it is my team.

"Our percentage stats have been good and that is exactly what I want to produce.

Do I really want to change that? Yes it is a Premier League team but I want to see if we can do that again."

Holloway has denied reports linking Palace with Norwich midfielder Jacob Butterfield but he does expect to strengthen his squad during this month's transfer window.

He said: "There is a lot of fishing nets going out to see what we can get. But we are not ready to trawler them in yet. I know where I need to add and what I need.

"You sieve through a lot of nonsense because not a lot of deals will be done this early. I have put a lot of calls in and we've asked a lot of questions. I am after quality players who can help us."

Holloway also confirmed that Palace have not received any offers for Wilfried Zaha or Glenn Murray.

Chelsea and Tottenham are among a host of Premier League teams interested in England international Zaha while striker Murray has been linked with Norwich. …

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