Steve Parish offers his opinion on Crystal Palace's season so far

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Crystal Palace are currently in 8th place in the Premier League table, after making a bright start to the season.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has told the club's official website that he has seen plenty to be encouraged by over the opening weeks of the Premier League season.

Although Palace have lost their last two matches - against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur - Parish has still seen enough to suggest that they have made improvements over the summer.

"After the high of beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, we have been a little bit unfortunate in our past two games against Manchester City and Tottenham where we have lost by a single goal in both games," he said. 

"It shows how tight the margins are at this level; we were minutes away from getting another huge result against the league leaders but saw a well-deserved point snatched from our grasp when they scored very late on.

"Then at White Hart Lane we struck the woodwork twice before they scored the only goal, so with a little bit of luck from those two games we could have been sitting here with more points in the bag than our current haul. But the signs are encouraging for us that we’re able to take on anyone in this league and give them a good game."

The Eagles have big ambitions for the future, and they invested heavily over the summer to ensure that they built on last season's impressive finish.

Alan Pardew guided Palace into 10th place in the Premier League table in the 2014/15 campaign, and his task will be to ensure that they climb even higher this time around.

With the squad that Palace have built that seems an achievable target, too, as the London outfit have one of the most threatening forward lines in the entire division. 

The likes of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha can threaten any team in England, and with the additions of Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham over the summer, Palace have put together an eye-catching group. 

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