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Lawrence: "As Professional As Possible"

23 October 2012

Palace caretaker manager Lennie Lawrence has praised the squad for their professionalism that nearly saw the Eagles nearly beat Barnsley at Oakwell. but had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

After the departure of Dougie Freedman earlier in the day, Lawrence and first team coach Curtis Fleming took charge of the team and despite the upheaval over recent days, Lawrence was full of praise for the reaction of the Palace players.

"We found ourselves in a situation where we were asked to take the team after Dougie's departure and we've been as professional as we can be in our preparation, and we certainly were as professional as we could be out on the pitch," he said in his post match press conference.

"The players are a fantastic group, they're very dedicated to the cause and you saw that out there. We're disappointed we didn't win but we couldn't be more pleased with the effort and commitment in a tricky tie.

"I don't know what happens now, we just take it day by day and pitch up tomorrow and see what transpires. I can't speculate on what might happen as the decisions are for the owners to make and we'll just carry on until sometime tells us otherwise.

"Dougie phoned us before the game to wish us well which is typical from him. It's been a great experience working under him and terrific experience to work at Crystal Palace - the owners have been very supportive. Managers don't normally get a job where a club is in as good a state as we're in. 

"All the time I've been here with Dougie the fans have been fantastic, even when we've lost. They'll have their own views and opinions and I understand that and I can't speak highly enough of them, and I wouldn't insult them by suggesting them to think this and that.

"If that shot from KG goes in instead of hitting the bar we win the game, and if anyone but David Perkins is involved in that little bit of play at the end we win. He was the only person in their team who could have done that, it was just a bit of opportunism and quality that salvaged them a point.

"That's as serious of a test of the depth of the squad that we've had. There was no Wilf who has been winning games for us on his own, Dean Moxey was suspended and people on the bench were carrying knocks so it was a real test for us and as far as I'm concerned they've passed it." 

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