The Eagles are just two points from safety with seven games remaining in the season. And speaking before Saturday's clash with Chelsea, Townsend cited previous experiences with QPR and Newcastle as examples of how talented teams can end up in the Championship.
"Talent alone is never enough," the 26-year-old told his club's official website. "During my time at QPR and Newcastle I was told week in, week out: "Your team is too good to go down, you'll be all right." But it doesn't work out that way. It's the ones who get down on the pitch and get the three points who survive.
"That's what I've learnt – no matter how good you are, no matter how many good players you have around you, that's not enough. You've got to go out there and get it on a Saturday afternoon."