Palace blanks frustrate Vieira

25 August 2021 20:09:23 GMTPlus11
Christian Benteke was denied at Watford.

Patrick Vieira has demanded improvement in front of goal after Crystal Palace made it three games without scoring as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup at Watford.

Palace's Premier League relegation odds have tumbled 12/1 and it's clear where their main problems lie following the 1-0 loss at Watford.

No goals in three

Vieira's side, whose league efforts so far have yielded a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea and 0-0 draw with newly-promoted Brentford, have had 22 shots over their first three games of the season but just five of those were on target.

They dominated their second-round Carabao Cup tie at Vicarage Road – Jean-Philippe Mateta saw two first-half efforts saved by Ben Foster, who also denied Christian Benteke.

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And they were punished for those misses when Ashley Fletcher pounced after 86 minutes to snatch the only goal of the game on his debut to send Palace out.

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With just a week of the transfer window remaining, French World Cup winner Vieira, managing in the Premier League for the first time, will be desperate to bring in a new frontman.

Attitude must change

For now, however, a frustrated Vieira is simply demanding aggression and a more clinical edge from the players he has.

"We have to change our mentality when we are in the opposition half," he told reporters. "We have to be more aggressive and determined to take those chances because today we didn't.

"There is a lot of frustration on our side because I think we created enough to win. I am disappointed because up front we have to improve ourselves. If we want to win football matches, we have to score goals and this is not the case."

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