Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has set his sights on a strong mid-table position in the Premier League after emerging from their long slump.
Pardew watched his side rescue a point against Arsenal courtesy of a late strike from Yannick Bolasie which extended their unbeaten run to four matches.
The 1-1 draw also saw the Eagles move nine points clear of the drop zone with a relatively healthy goal difference providing an added comfort, and Pardew was confident it will be enough for them to start planning for next season as a Premier League team once again.
“It was an important point for us, it means two of the teams below us have to get 40 points and with our goal difference it will be difficult for them,” said Pardew.
“It makes it easier for us to look forward to the FA Cup semi-final and look to trying to get to mid table which is where I think we belong.”
Pardew also admitted that cup competitions have had a detrimental effect on their league campaign, but is no longer relying on that excuse as they gear up for a trip to Old Trafford.
“The cup runs have affected us,” he added. “But I think we have put that to bed, we can’t keep leaning on that and we needed to focus on the league and I think the players have taken that message on board. Hopefully we can pick up something at Manchester United.”
Eagles defender Scott Dann, meanwhile, was pleased with how Crystal Palace kept fighting at the Emirates and believes the point can almost leave them looking up the Premier League table rather than down.
“Looking at the table we would like to think we are safe, but until we are mathematically safe you can’t turn a blind eye,” warned Dann.
“We would like to get something out of Wednesday’s match at Manchester United and start looking at teams above us.”