Date: 29th April 2012 at 7:09pm
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Dougie Freedman has said he was disappointed to see us go down to Cardiff, but overall he’s been pleased with the progress he has seen this season.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC following the 2-1 loss, the gaffer said.

‘You’re always disappointed when you lose a match but I was very encouraged with what I saw in the first half and the tempo that we played at. I can’t grumble because my young players are gaining experience and gaining strength. It was a fair result, no complaints, it just tells you where we are now.’

Dougie repeated that his aim this season was to push us on from a side involved in relegation battles until the end of the season, and he believes that was more than achieved about 10 games ago, so his plan now is to push us on further again next season.

‘I had a plan to take this club up to the next level, in terms of not fighting relegation, and we did that with about ten games to go. That gave me the opportunity to blood one or two and get them more experience. I’m very proud of the young players at this club. This season we have produced, in Wilfried, the best (young) player in the Championship, next season we will do it with Jonny Williams, the season after that with Kyle De Silva.’

To give Dougie credit, he’s got great belief in the youngsters coming through our ranks and it’s going to be a delight to see them develop further.

Sensible growth and sensible investment and I’m sure our play off hopes from this season will become a reality.

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