Eagles captain Milivojevic focusing on points tallies, not top 10

Luka Milivojevic

Skipper Luka Milivojevic has reduced his expectations for Crystal Palace and is targeting 49 points instead.

Palace have had a mixed start to the new Premier League season with two wins, two draws and two defeats.

One of the draws would have been a victory had they not conceded a stoppage-time equaliser against 10-man Wolves last week.

Milivojevic feels Palace’s lack of consistency will cost them a place in the top 10 and prefers to focus on a points total instead.

“Last season, I said top 10 and most of the time we fight to stay in the league. But we still ended up with 49 points, and the aim is to be better than last season,” the midfielder told Premier League Productions.

“If we can take the same number of points, or even more, we will be happy with that.

“It depends which team you are, but it is not easy [to be consistent]. Every single game is hard and different.

“It is not like in other leagues where you can already take three points before the game, but in Premier League that is impossible.

“At the moment, let’s say that we are OK. I can say we are happy with the points but when you see we could easily take 10 points at the moment – which was our aim – but we are where we are and we continue.”

The 28-year-old is still frustrated his side allowed Wolves to snatch a point in the 1-1 draw, despite having one less player on the field.

“I can say I am disappointed because it was a very easy game to deal with the situation on the pitch, as we had an extra man, we kept everything under control,” he added.

“But just in the last second we gave them a chance to put a ball into the box and they punished us from our mistake.

“But that is the Premier League, if you don’t convert your chances then you can be punished and that has happened to us.”