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Palace missed out on the chance to move into second in the Championship table as they lost 3-0 to Brighton on a day where nothing seemed to go right for Ian Holloway‘s side.
“The third goal is probably the worst goal I’ve seen this lot let in,” said Holloway.”We changed it and whatever we did it didn’t seem to work.
“I’m disappointed the way we conceded the goals. But I don’t think I’d like the stats much – Gus would. I can’t remember too many of my lads having a decent game.
“Games at this level pivot on a few important moments. It went for Brighton.
“We didn’t attack as well as we can with the team I had out there. We had three people running with it and it didn’t really work – we need to move it and pass it – because they were dealing well with the one on ones.
“It was a fantastic pass from Wilf [Zaha] and Johnny Parr, it just went in the goalkeeper’s hands. In games this tight – we could have gained the momentum then.
“I know my team are better than that. But we lost to the team that were better on the day.
“I said at half-time we need to get the next goal in this game, was I disappointed with that one. It was clipped in, it was headed down and there bloke got there first . Truthfully speaking that was a big disappointment.
“But there are eight games left, you’ve got to dust yourself down and look optimistically at the next challenge.”
CRYSTAL Palace striker Jermaine Easter has been drafted into the Wales national squad.
Manager Chris Coleman has seen the likes of Steve Morison and Joe Allen pull out through injury, so he has managed to call up the frontman to help with the withdrawals.
The 31-year-old, who is currently on loan at Millwall and scored on his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Charlton, will link up with Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams and loan defender Jazz Richards for international training this week.
Easter has found himself out of favour at Selhurst Park under new manager Ian Holloway – but says there are no hard feelings between himself and the Eagles boss.
“I am just here to play football,” he added. “It has been a frustrating season for me and I think the Charlton game was only my 12th appearance this season – seven of them have been off the bench.
“Kenny played me on the left of a front three, which is what Holloway was doing. He is very good on rotation and getting in between the lines, so I picked up a few things from him actually.
In the modern era of football management, positive PR is vital. Should anyone harbour hopes of maintaining a long and relatively trouble-fee spell in charge of a club, it goes without saying, that they’ll want to keep the fans on their side for the vast majority of their time at the helm.
With this in mind, I feel it’s only right to highlight the odd nature of Ian Holloway’s comments before, and immediately after, our 3-0 defeat to Br*ghton this afternoon. When asked by the press for his thoughts on the impending derby game, Ian was dismissive, claiming that he was still a little puzzled by the rivalry, given the geographical gap between the two clubs. That’s fair enough when all said and done, the strength of feeling between the two clubs must look a little odd to a relative outsider, not that he appeared to have taken any time to understand the reason why the mutual dislike began.
“I brought that into the game on Saturday which is why I probably got the opportunity I did. Rather than just staying on the left, I came on the inside and was able to get on the end of something.”