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Crystal Palace move was needed to catch up with Brighton and is going faster than expected, says Steve Parish

Teve Parish says Crystal Palace’s summer move was sparked by a need to get closer to rivals Brighton on the pitch and the Eagles have progressed faster than expected.

After years of pragmatic and efficient football from Roy Hodgson, Palace kept Palace in the Premier League, a managerial change was made over the summer.

A host of senior players were transferred at the end of their contracts while Hodgson was replaced by Patrick Vieira, who ushered in a more progressive and exciting style of football with a much younger squad.

Following the signing of Eberechi Eze under Hodgson, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Michael Olise and Odsonne Edouard followed this summer to bring the Selhurst Park side to life – and Parish thinks Palace are way further along than they think ‘planned.

“People like Andros Townsend and the manager we had before were part of a plan we had and did a fantastic job for us through a very difficult two or three years and kept us in the division,” Parish told Sky Sports ahead of their derby against Brighton. .

“But we knew we had to play more football, we had to get closer to these guys. [Brighton], these guys are playing amazing football.

“My story from this club is that we play a low block, when we had Ian Wright we stay in the division for a period and when we lose this fantastic talent up the pitch we find it difficult and fall out of the division.

“So we have to evolve, we have to find a better way to play football and it’s happened a little faster than we thought so far this year and may it continue for a long time.”

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