Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage tells everyone to cheer up

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by , Sports Reporter

Peter Ramage wants everyone around Crystal Palace to cheer up.

The Eagles saw their automatic promotion hopes all but end on Saturday as a 0-0 draw with Barnsley, their fifth match without a win, left them eight points behind second-placed Hull with five games to go.

The result saw some fans boo at full-time and what manager Ian Holloway called a 'ruck' in the dressing room between players after.

But Ramage played down the confrontation and insisted all is not as bad as it seems around Selhurst Park.

"Everybody is doom and gloom at the minute. But we are fourth in the league, six points from seventh," he said.

"People don’t realise we lost the first four games of the season and were bottom of the league adrift and now we have turned it around.

"Yes OK we haven’t won in our last five games but we didn’t play badly on Saturday. I think it was as good as a performance over recent weeks and we just didn’t get that rub of green in front of goal.

"Until somebody says we can’t get it then there’s not one person in that dressing room that’s not going to strive to get it.

"It didn’t boil over or anything [after the game], it was just a collective frustration that we didn’t win the game.

"From a defensive point of view, I feel everybody contributed to the clean sheet, we were a lot stronger and off the top of my head, I can only count one or two chances they had.

"I can’t really remember Jules having to dirty his gloves. That was a major positive and the performance, which we haven’t been getting in recent weeks, we had."

Both sides preparations for the game were disrupted after referee Keith Stroud decided Barnsley's blue and black away kit and their red home kit both clashed with Palace's red and blue kit.

After a stalemate in which Barnsley were adamant they wanted to wear their badge and Palace were not willing to wear their away kit at home, the Tykes relented and agreed to wear Palace's yellow and blue away kit.

"It was the first time I have ever come across that," added Ramage.

"It was a bit of a shambles before the game. First they were wearing their home, then their away, then we were wearing our home, then our away, and they ended up wearing our away.

"Brian Rogers the kit man had to go and mark up all their shirts which I don’t think he was too happy about.

"It was a bit strange but we are professional at the end of the day."

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