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Holloway reveals love of Swansea

Crystal Palace vs Swansea
Published: September 22, 10:40 PM
Updated: September 22, 8:00 AM
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LONDON - Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has revealed watching Swansea during a spell of unemployment changed his views on how to play football.

The Eagles welcome Michael Laudrup's side to Selhurst Park on Sunday looking to secure back-to-back home wins in the Barclays Premier League, although a 3-1 victory over Sunderland was followed up by last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Swansea will go in to the game on the back of a famous 3-0 Europa League win in Valencia with the likes of Wilfried Bony and Michu continuing to impress.

The Welsh outfit have been drawing the plaudits for their style of play for some years and Holloway admits his outlook on the game was altered by taking in some of their games.

"Swansea have changed how I see the whole of football," he said.

"When I was sacked by Leicester I went to watch four or five of their games and what they did made me realise how beautiful the game is and how passing and moving can make you a better defensive unit."

After an unsuccessful spell in the east midlands, Holloway moved to Blackpool and guided the club in to the Premier League with his side aiming to play a similar style of football now synonymous with Sunday's opposition.

He was ultimately unable to keep the Seasiders afloat but is now back in the top flight with Palace and is relishing the chance to manage on the biggest stage once more.

"I'm enjoying being there again," he said.

"I'm enjoying the challenge of tactics and the challenge of working people and coaching people, getting them to believe in what we are doing and get them to buy in to our ethic.

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