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Palace boss admits play-off berth may be too soon

Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman admits his side could make the Championship play-offs - even if he thinks they are not quite ready. The Eagles secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Birmingham on Monday night, their first victory at home since October, to move them to within two points of the top six.

But the Scot is mindful his young side might be growing up too quickly following two seasons of relegation scrapes.

"Deep down the back of my mind tells me we've got a small chance," he said.

"But the front of my mind is realistic and tells me we are still growing and we might be growing too quickly, in terms of being contenders, but we'll give it a go. I've got to be realistic with the lads and tell them to be patient and hopefully one day we will get there."

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