Freedman takes positives

Sat, 24 Mar 18:35:51 2012

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman could still find encouragement in his team's performance despite losing 3-2 against Derby.

Goals from Steve Davies, Jeff Hendrick and a Theo Robinson penalty put Derby in control before late goals from Chris Martin and Darren Ambrose gave the home fans an uncomfortable closing minutes.

"We unfortunately didn't start too good which is unlike us," he said. "I felt the first 30 minutes was crucial to the game and Derby were definitely on top. We had to make a few changes at half-time due to injuries and then gave away a sloppy penalty.

"But I thought the lads dug in and showed the great spirit they have and we almost got something out of the game which I don't think would have been deserved.

"But the spirit they have got, they never know when they are beaten and it was unfortunate we couldn't get that goal and get to 3-3 but it was probably down to the start we made.

"That was the first time we have been beaten in 10 games so it's about how we respond and deal with it. There were lots of encouraging moments for me I'm confident we can go on another run."


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