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Mile Jedinak has largely impressed in a struggling Crystal Palace team so far this season, but the midfielder was at fault for Southampton’s second goal in a 2-0 loss at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. Jedinak failed to clear a loose ball on the edge of the area, triggering a quick exchange of passes that ended in Pablo Osvaldo sealing all three points for the hosts, a result which left Palace second from bottom, with just one win from six attempts in the Premier League.
“I thought we did well in the first half and we respected the plan. But unfortunately, two goals in two minutes, it’s like it’s game over.
“The gaffer was not happy about the game but we’ll have time to talk about it this week.
“We had a good shape and hit them on the counter attack, but again, if you conceded two goals in two minutes, it’s difficult.
“People might say (the issue) is confidence because we haven’t won a lot of games this season but it’s just the beginning.
“We will have to take the positives from the first half of the game and move forward.”
On a personal level, the former Reading man is hoping to reach maximum levels for Palace as soon as possible and believes all the new players need to click if they’re to move away from the relegation zone.
“I was pleased to be back on the field,” said Kebe. “I haven’t played for a while so it was my first game for five months.
“At the moment, Crystal Palace have just got promoted so we have to learn, and I had the same problem at Reading last year.
“I think the results will come. Even today, from what we had last week, you could see the difference.
“We were a bit more organised structurally. We had the game plan right, there was no confusion.”
He added: “I am very positive and very encouraged by what we are seeing but it has got to turn into points sooner or later.
“It is going to take time, but to me if you’re a good footballer you try to adapt as quick as you can and you’ve got to be willing to adapt as quick as you can.
“That’s what’s happening. It’s always going to take time. It’s not for lack of trying.”
Scottish midfielder Bannan refused to be downhearted after the game.
He said: “I think everyone believes that we’re good enough, it is just a matter of getting a win and getting that run of games.
“If we got the penalty in the first half and scored, it is a whole different game. It is things like that which turn games and it happened in their favour today.
“I was behind it and I thought it was a penalty from where I was looking but I’ve not seen a replay.
“Goals change games. They were starting to get a bit wayward, they were shooting from long distance and they couldn’t really break us down.
With our recent run of defeats, most fans have been searching for a reason why our performances have dropped off. I’ve looked into the possibility of our team spirit having been diluted since the summer.
The strength of collective spirit within our club is a subject that has always been seen as key to our potential success, regardless of the abilities of individual players. There are countless examples of Palace squads who have prevailed in the face of supposed inferiority, in fact, it’s a tag we’ve often thrived under, but as it stands, that never say die attitude is nowhere to be seen.
In many ways, our success last season, when looked at in tandem with the January sale of Wilfried Zaha has acted as somewhat of a double-edged sword for our chances of Premier League survival, with everyone fully aware that the loss of such a pivotal attacking aspect to our play, would force the club to bring in a raft of summer signings, which unfortunately appear to have diluted the spirit which saw us battling so hard for huge periods of our previous campaign.
There are a number of individuals within our 25 man squad who undoubtedly understand the importance that we as supporters place on work-rate, but thanks to the arrival of so many new faces, it is bound to take time for everyone to gel as a group.
It’s proven to an extremely delicate balancing act for Holloway, who I’m sure felt that we needed significant reinforcements to the squad which won us promotion, if we serious about trying to stay there, but until both results and the manner of our performances improve, questions are bound to asked as to whether he’s made too many changes too quickly.
Bannan felt the game changed course following Martin Atkinson’s decision to caution Marouane Chamakh for diving after the Moroccan went down too easily, a moment which provoked a bust-up between the striker and Dean Moxey at half-time.
Crystal Palace players Marouane Chamakh and Dean Moxey had to be separated by team-mates after they were involved in a furious bust-up in the dressing-room at Southampton on Saturday.
The confrontation followed Palace’s 2-0 defeat – their sixth in seven games this season – that has left Ian Holloway’s side second from bottom in the Premier League and heaped more pressure on the beleaguered manager.
It is unclear what led to the incident but Holloway was unhappy with Chamakh after the former Arsenal striker was booked for diving in the first half at St Mary’s.