Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has called on his players to cut out individual errors when they play the Eagles on Monday.
The Black Cats, who are in 19th position face 10th placed Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and will be hoping to climb up the table.
Speaking ahead of the game, Allardyce said the following to the club's official website: “I’m still learning about the players but it’s those individual errors that we have to cut out of our game to make sure that these performances produce results.
“Mistakes generally come through pressure and you’ve got to be able to handle the pressure. We can’t play with fear because fear is a terrible thing in football. If you’re fearful before you ever step onto the pitch then you can never perform to the best.”
The Sunderland boss also laid emphasis on being defensively solid.
“My philosophy has always been that you start from the back, the players need to understand that if they think that it’s negative then it’s not, it’s a massive positive.
“As soon as you don’t concede a goal you don't lose the game and you’ve got a point and you only need one goal to win it.
“It should be the most positive in their mind if they achieve a clean sheet as often as they can because it’s going to give them a very, very good chance of winning more and more football matches and getting further up the league as soon as possible.”