Palace go into the international break fourth in the Premier League after their 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
"If we start to put ourselves under pressure about Europe it will be more difficult," said the midfielder.
"It is almost like my first year at Newcastle, when we finished fifth. There is still a long way to go but we can do something special this year.
"It is very difficult for other teams to play at Selhurst Park. The atmosphere is great and that is fantastic. We just have to work hard and go match by match."