Roy Hodgson told Crystal Palace they are not safe yet but praised them for not falling into the trap of complacency against West Brom.
Palace claimed a 1-0 win against the Baggies thanks to a Luka Milivojevic penalty. The result moved them onto a points tally that has been enough for safety in the past four seasons.
Now up to 11th in the table, it seems Palace will soon be able to plan ahead for another season in the Premier League. But Hodgson, pleased as he was with the performance, is not taking anything for granted yet.
He told Sky Sports: “I put it down as a very good, solid win against a team who ask a lot of you. They put lots of balls in around the penalty area. They get the ball forward and into the box.
“It’s very solid football from their side. If you don’t plug the gaps or compete as you need to, you pay the price. We didn’t because we did those things particularly well.
“Every game is different. West Brom are using the players they have got at their disposal very well. We knew this would be a tough test.
“It’s one of those games where you don’t get a lot of praise for drawing or winning. Those points for me are very valuable.
“There’s 38 games a year and each one of them is very important. It’s watched by millions of people all over the world so I don’t think it’s acceptable for a player to not give everything.”
Hodgson denies Palace are safe
“Every manager in this league would fear the words ‘complacency’ or ‘safe’. We are not safe. We will only be safe when the number of points we have in front is greater than the number of games we have left and points to gain from them.
“Every season is going to be decided in May. If we are in the league in May and above three teams in May then that’s what I’m looking for.
“We do have a margin to them so it takes the knife from the throat to some extent. We know we have nine more matches and we need nine more performances.”