Date: 20th December 2014 at 8:45pm
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Head coach Alan Irvine has said that the penalty award for Queens Park Rangers today turned the game and despite leading two nil, the momentum switched and he was desperately disappointed because it’s a game he felt we should have won.

Speaking to about the turning point, Irvine explained.

‘It was a soft penalty. The referee had a decision to make – I’m not sure they get given every week, but it was this week. If it was for us I’d still be thinking it would be soft but I’d be delighted to take it as I’m sure Harry Redknapp will be. That was a turning point, as was the save by Rob Green (Sessegnon) just before that.’

With everyone disappointed with how the final result went as Charlie Austin consigned us to defeat with a hattrick, the gaffer was obviously disappointed to have seen us throw away a two goal lead, but he did say he didn’t think it would be difficult to lift the players because they didn’t play badly, we just didn’t take the chance to kill the game off and increase our lead, and then the ball bounced for them in the box but he knows we should’ve done better.

With Manchester City up next though it is about taking the positives and trying to capitalise on their lack of strikers at the moment, although that didn’t help Crystal Palace much today.

‘We need to take the positives and build on that. We’re all bitterly disappointed but there are plenty of things we can say ‘well done’ about. We need to go into the next game with belief. We didn’t exactly surrender it but we lost it. For the majority of the game we were the better team, we controlled it for long periods, but we didn’t defend well which, for us, conceding three, was uncharacteristic.’

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