Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman assesses Reading draw

12:14 22 April 2012

Dougie Freedman

Dougie Freedman

Archant

The Eagles boss was delighted with his young side

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman hailed his young side after they delayed Reading’s confirmation as Championship champions by a couple of hours.

Wilfried Zaha gave the Eagles the lead before Kaspars Gorkss equalised for the Royals.

Jason Roberts was sent off just before half time and although Adam Le Fondre gave the Premier League bound side the lead, Glenn Murray levelled the scores to force Reading to wait for their title triumph.

But it came only a few hours later as Middlesbrough beat Southampton.

“I think our young lads performed very well and if it was a difficult game for them then they have learned from it.

“I thought they handled the situation well. We are going through a little bit of a bad spell with injuries but the young players stepped up and I am so proud of the way they played.

“In that game you had one team that’s going to the Premiership and one that aspires to.

“Reading had one chance in the second half and took it but we have to learn from things like that. We want to be where Reading are.”

Roberts was sent off after referee Andy D’Urso deemed that he had deliberately elbowed Jonathan Parr but Freedman wasn’t sure if it was intentional.

“I know Jason Roberts and he isn’t that sort of player,” he added. “Maybe his arm caught our lad but I am not got to sit here and make judgments.

“Referees need to know whether or not it was intentional.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crystal Palace news

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

There will be plenty of talent on the free agent market this summer. Here’s our team of the best players available.

Slaven Bilic manager of West Ham United (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Value for money is everything in football at the moment and ticket prices are one of hottest subjects in the sport.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (left) and Chelsea's Loic Remy battle for the ball (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

All the latest stories from around the web involving the London clubs this morning.

Dimitri Payet (C) of West Ham United competes for the ball against Adam Lallana (L) and Dejan Lovren (R) of Liverpool (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

All the top stories involving the London clubs from around the web this morning.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

All the latest stories from around the web involving the London clubs this morning.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport