Holloway feels Liverpool score was harsh on Eagles
CRYSTAL Palace manager Ian Holloway claimed his side can feel hard done by after today’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.
The Eagles found themselves 3-0 down at the break as the new Premier League leaders threatened to run riot after early strikes from Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were added to by a controversial Steven Gerrard 38th minute penalty.
That was awarded after Dean Moxey was adjudged to have fouled Raheem Sterling, a decision disputed by Holloway in his post-match press conference.
But despite seemingly being dead and buried at the end of the first period, Palace had enjoyed chances of their own and this fact, combined with substitute Dwight Gayle’s 76th minute consolation, at least came as some comfort to the Selhurts Park gaffer.
He said; “I think missing the odd opportunity we had on the break is probably more the point.
“We need to get some confidence and there was enough fidgeting by Brendan stood next to me, I can assure you.
“But unfortunately we are being punished for any single mistake that we make at the moment.
“Shape-wise for the first goal, we got it slightly wrong.
“I wanted to be braver, I wanted to leave more people up but I didn’t want to leave three up, I always want to leave two up and I wanted one of my front three to actually work back.
“The second goal was self-inflicted. I don’t think my centre half should have tried to win that, I thought we could have calmed down but that was probably our best spell when we had a couple of chances then.
“Unfortunately if you don’t take them at this level it can be pretty unforgiving.”
Holloway added: “To go in at half-time three down in the fashion we did, having watched it (the penalty) again I’m pretty upset to be honest. I thought he has made a mistake.
“If you look at their contact on Jimmy Kebe to stop him getting on a cross that has just went over Cameron Jerome’s head, there was much more interference with my player than there was with theirs. But that’s life.
“I thought the character in the second half was terrific but when you are three down, you can relax a little bit and you can pass and you can play a little bit.
“Maybe Liverpool took their foot off the gas but we actually won the second half 1-0 and you’ve got to move on.
“It’s not good enough but I don’t think we deserved to be three down at half-time on the balance of overall play.
“Some of their other attacks were sharp, incisive and dangerous but we knew that with the likes of Suarez and Sturridge, and Victor Moses as well.
“But well done to them, they’ve gone top and we’ve got to bounce back and take some solace from the second half performance.
“A lot of teams would have completely capitulated but we didn’t.”
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