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Holloway: We Earned That

1 December 2012

Ian Holloway spoke of his delight after seeing his team put in a clinical and professional display after Brighton were reduced to ten men when Lewis Dunk was sent-off early on.

"I'm glad I was in our dugout because Gus will be very disappointed with the way things went against his team. I have to say we earned that with the skill of the wide-men. Yannick (Bolasie) was on that so quickly and what I'm learning is that you think you've got them and before you know it they're past you. I'm sure Gus won't argue about the sending off. What pleased me was what we did after that, which was control the game. That's very difficult against a team like Brighton and it took us a while because they are still very good with the ball but I'm delighted with the professionalism of my lads.

"We were ultra-professional, even down to Glenn Murray giving up the penalty for his hat-trick because he's missed one or two recently. I thought that summed it up for me. He was ill this morning and wasn't going to play but we've managed to get him out there. I'm very, very pleased. I thought the atmosphere the crowd created today was superb - including the Brighton fans. We'll be happy today but I'm sure they'll have their day because they're a very good side.

Holloway paid tribute to his side's attacking football and the three front players, in particular Murray who added another two goals to his tally for the season.

"What we needed was Glenn Murray really with his header. Fantastic cross and he got his eyebrows on it. I'm thoroughly enjoying what I'm seeing, there are things we can do better but on the whole...we can go one side and hurt you, the other side we might too and you better watch the man in the middle too. He's a fantastic footballer, his football brain is as good as anybody I've worked with. He knows the timing and his eye for getting on the end of a cross is awesome.

"That's nine goals in 6 games he's got for me. He's very, very clever, I love clever footballers and I'm thoroughly enjoying that and this group deserve all sorts of credit."

Watch Ollie's full press conference on Palace Player.

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