Holloway praises ‘ultra-professional’ Palace performance

18:27 01 December 2012

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway paid tribute to Glenn Murray after the striker’s brace helped the Eagles to a 3-0 win over his Brighton today.

He was restored to the side after a one-game suspension put him out of the team that drew with Hull in midweek.

But Holloway revealed he was close to not playing because of illness.

He said: “We actually controlled the game which is terrific. Some ten men can really hurt you and we managed to nullify that and look ultra professional, even down to Glenn Murray giving up the penalty for his hattrick because he’s missed one or two recently.

“I just thought that summed it up for me. I congratulated him, he was ill this morning, he wasn’t going to play but we managed to get him out there so I’m very pleased.”

Holloway also admitted his side was helped by the early sending off Lewis Dunk for a foul on Yannick Bolasie.

“Gus (Poyet, the Brighton manager) is a fantastic manager and he tries to dominate the ball and pass it and once they’ve got a man short that gave us the impetus,” he added.

“We managed to grab it. We spoke out getting it wide and getting at people and what we needed was Glenn Murray really. His header - fantastic cross, got his eyebrows on it.”

Gus Poyet had no complaints about the sending off, and described it “as totally right”.

He said: “You’re coming to play a nice game of football against your biggest rivals and away from home at least you want a normal game and going down to ten so early it put a big task ahead of us.

“Also we’ve had a problem with defenders, we didn’t have too many available and also we’ve had a defender sent off.

“(The sending off was) an absolutely perfect decision and you want the ref to make those decisions in these types of games because you see so many times that because of these types of games they go “yellow”.

“No, it was a red card.”

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.

Quique Flores manager of Watford (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Captain Troy Deeney could be restored to Watford’s starting line-up for their Barclays Premier League clash at Crystal Palace.

Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace have been boosted by the return of strikers Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Watford.

Jose Mourinho (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

It has been a busy week in the capital and here are Friday’s main headlines.

Mesut Ozil has his shot saved Fraser Forster .  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Unhappy with the number of points that your current goalkeeper is providing your fantasy football side? Which shot-stopper should you be looking to draft into your team this weekend?

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Read more
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

Latest Tech News

Transport