Holloway says Leeds were like side of old but felt Palace deserved a point

19:25 24 November 2012

New Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway. Photo credit: Andy Lloyd/EMPICS

New Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway. Photo credit: Andy Lloyd/EMPICS

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway thought the Eagles deserved a share of the spoils after watching his side’s unbeaten start to the season end at Elland Road.

Leeds were 2-1 victors thanks to goals from Luciano Becchio and Paul Green and although Peter Ramage scored for Palace with a powerful header, the Londoners lost for the first time in 16 matches, as they were knocked off the top of the npower Championship table by Cardiff.

Leeds were determined to impress their new owners, with loan signings Alan Tate and Jerome Thomas playing their part in ending a seven-match winless drought.

Thomas gave Palace a torrid time with his strong, direct runs down the left, while Tate was solid at the back alongside Tom Lees.

“You have to give Leeds credit,” Holloway said. “They looked like the Leeds of old in the first 20 minutes by coming at us. We came through that period but didn’t get the breaks.

“I thought we deserved at least a point and we did our supporters proud. Leeds got on the end of two things inside our box and scored two goals but there was a real scramble at the end and how the referee awarded Leeds a free-kick to relieve the pressure I don’t know.

“The crowd got them that free-kick.”

Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny had to complete a double save from Jonathan Parr and Glenn Murray in the first half but Palace lacked their usual cutting edge.

Damien Delaney had already been booked for diving and when his Palace team-mate Wilfried Zaha also went down easily inside the box, Leeds midfielder David Norris squared up to him and was pushed aside by Zaha in an unsavoury incident on the half-time whistle.

All three goals came in a tension-packed second half. Becchio hooked in the first after a defensive mix-up, the Argentinian grabbing his 11th goal of the season in the 52nd minute, before Green volleyed his first goal for the club when Palace failed to deal with Tate’s free-kick.

Palace were given hope by Ramage’s 86th minute header but their late onslaught failed to produce an equaliser.

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