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Newcastle: Patrick Vieira cautions his Crystal Palace team not to underestimate the distressed magpies

Patrick Vieira cautions his Crystal Palace team not to underestimate struggling Newcastle as he hopes the players will be highly motivated to show that they can be part of a new project backed by Saudi Arabia.

  • Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira doesn’t take Newcastle for granted
  • There are 19 magpies, but Vieira hopes they will prove their worth to the new owners.
  • ‘You want to show that you can be part of the new project,’ said the French
  • Vieira also spoke out against the abuse suffered by former Newcastle boss Steve Bruce.


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Crystal Palace coach Patrick Vieira is paying little attention to Newcastle’s position in the Premier League and expects the visitors to show their worth to the club’s new owners on Saturday.

The magpies, who are ranked 19th, travel to Selhurst Park this weekend to play their second game since the Saudi-backed consortium of Amanda Staveley completed its acquisition of the club.

One of the first decisions the new owners made was to fire Steve Bruce on Wednesday and, although they haven’t been able to win after eight league games, Vieira knows Newcastle’s motivation will be high.

Patrick Vieira doesn't take Crystal Palace, Newcastle's upcoming opponents for granted

Patrick Vieira doesn’t take Crystal Palace, Newcastle’s upcoming opponents for granted

Vieira hopes Newcastle players will show they can be part of the Saudi-backed project

Vieira hopes Newcastle players will show they can be part of the Saudi-backed project

Vieira hopes Newcastle players will show they can be part of the Saudi-backed project

He said: ‘I don’t think there is an easy time to play for any team. They will have their problems but at the same time when you find yourself in this situation as a player you will want to act because you want to show that you can be part of the new project.

“We will be ready to perform, work hard and give ourselves the best shot to score all three points.”

Newcastle, which will be led by first team coach Graeme Jones in London, have just three points out of a possible 24 after drawing with Southampton, Leeds and Watford.

Palace has eight points to its name and only one win with new boss Vieira, but optimism abounds in Selhurst Park due to several flashy performances.

The Eagles have already taken points away from West Ham, Leicester and Arsenal this season and yet their 45-year-old boss is determined to quickly join their lone win over Tottenham.

Vieira added: ‘I don’t think this is something I should win. The performance that we are going to put on the field will tell us if we have a chance of winning the game or not.

“Yes, sometimes we play good football, but it is important for us to turn those good performances into a victory. To do that, we have to play even better, so that means making fewer mistakes, taking more advantage of our opportunities and that will allow us to win games. ”

Ebere Eze is still “a couple of weeks away” according to Vieira, despite making good progress on his Achilles injury, while Nathan Ferguson, who has the same problem, has yet to return to first team training.

Vieira also spoke out against the abuses suffered by the fired Newcastle boss, Steve Bruce.

Vieira also spoke out against the abuses suffered by the fired Newcastle boss, Steve Bruce.

Vieira also spoke out against the abuses suffered by the fired Newcastle boss, Steve Bruce.

Wilfried Zaha will be available to face Newcastle after he recovered from the illness that knocked him out in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international is one of many Premier League players who have been the target of racism on social media in recent seasons and former Magpies boss Bruce revealed this week the pain suffered by him and his family to root of abuse in social networks.

“I think he goes overboard sometimes and the abuse Steve received was unacceptable,” Vieira said.

‘When we talk about this type of abuse, we are talking about any type of abuse, it can mean any type of discrimination or abuse that the manager is receiving.

“I think it’s unacceptable and we know where we are and we know the importance of managers and the responsibility we take on, but I think people are overdoing it.”

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