A missed penalty, a disallowed goal and we still came out with all 3 points tonight – can’t blame Dougie for being delighted with that can you.
The match certainly didn’t go all our way, but with Peter Whittingham missing from the spot, and it seems Vaughan rightly being disallowed a goal, given how hard we worked for the point originally, with the season we’ve had it’ll only be Bluebirds bemoaning our 82nd minute slice of luck as Dikgacoi opened his Palace account.
Speaking after the game to Crystal Palace FC Dougie was clearly delighted to pick up the 3 points which sees us open up a clear gap between ourselves and Scunny who now can’t overtake us with their game in hand.
Praising the spirit and determination of the players again, Freedman said:
‘They work hard every day, they come in with a smile and I’ve told them they will get the rewards. Overall, the desire and commitment we showed, probably edged it.’
Paying tribute to the returning Speroni for his performance and Dikgacoi for his goal, Dougie commented:
‘In my opinion we’ve got the best goalkeeper outside the Premier League. He’s a top, top keeper. I didn’t see the goal because my first thought was KG what are you doing that far up the field, my second thought was he missed it and then it trickled over the line.’
One of the main points Freedman wished to make was by praising those involved with the club, and Pablo Counago for the impact he had when he came on the pitch.
‘When he came on he was fantastic, I’ve got substitutes, I’ve got a squad and I’ve got fans here that are pulling in one direction. I think that’s what’s getting us through, sticking together and getting these hard fought victories.’
Ending the interview on that vain, he wished to offer a few comments about assistant manager Lennie Lawrence who he believes will be the difference between us staying up or going down.
‘Lennie is, vital’s not the word, he may be the difference. He brings that added touch, a man of very few words but those few words are very wise. He is my best signing and will probably be the difference.’
A night certainly worth celebrating, and again our home form has to give you real hope of pulling away from the bottom. 11 games unbeaten at Selhurst, and hopefully tonight was the first of another ‘without conceding’ run after Reading can’t be sniffed at.
Then if we can grab ourselves back to back victories come the weekend, however unlikely that may sound, confidence should be sky high during our remaining games…but one step at a time, tonight will do 🙂
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