Date: 9th April 2012 at 8:39pm
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Dougie Freedman has reflected on a 15 minute spell against Birmingham that cost us the match, and has described Rickie Lambert as the difference in the Southampton game.

Starting firstly with the Birmingham loss, our gaffer told Crystal Palace FC that we paid the price for a disasterous 15 minute spell that effectively signalled the end of the game.

‘They scored three fantastic goals. We lost concentration in that 15 minute spell but to be fair I felt we had as much possession as Birmingham. There are no excuses, you have to take it on the chin and get back to the clean sheets.’

Dougie didn’t get the response he’d have liked against Southampton today, but he words still ring true from Birmingham.

‘One 15 minute bad performance is not going to shape our season or future. I have got to move this club forward and I think I have a lot to look forward to and I will not be too down. I am not going to whinge, we have had a good season – on the day you have to hold up your hands and say they were a bit stronger than us.’

Dougie would’ve preferred a better result than today’s 2-0 loss to Southampton, but he did say to the club’s website the goalscorer Lambert was the difference on the day.

‘He was the difference, he’s the highest goalscorer in the division – he knew how to take his goals and that was the difference.’

There were certainly positives that Dougie could focus on from the game.

‘I felt that we edged the first half and it was a goal against the run of play and it was a bitter pill to swallow. In the second half we stuck at it and I thought the young lads did tremendously well. There were terrific performances from Matty Parsons and Kyle De Silva and I think if you look at where both clubs are in their development I’m very happy.’

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