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Freedman: It Was A Fantastic Goal

15 September 2012

Dougie Freedman was pleased with how the preparation for this Friday night match in south London was carried onto the pitch by his squad of players. 

"I was delighted with how the lads approached the game, we knew what to expect and they took on board what the coaching staff had been telling them this week. 

"It was a hostile derby match crowd and we came here with Charlton still having a lot of momentum from promotion last season and how they have started this season. 

"The first half I thought we were excellent and pressured in the right areas and with purpose to create a number of opportunities and with a bit more confidence I am sure we would have put one or two of those away. 

"In the second half we knew what to expect and they played a number of balls into the box but that is what your defenders are there for and they did well to keep a clean sheet. We defended well as a team and always looked a danger on the break. 

"We also rode our luck a bit with the goalkeeper's header - he's obviously been practising those!, and the way things were going against us two or three weeks ago that would have hit the back of the net."

The home side thought they had the taken the lead but the effort was ruled out for offside, a decision that went in Palace's favour as TV replays showed the goal should have stood. 

"Sometimes they go for you, sometimes they don't, Darcy slipped over to make it onside but you are talking inches. We rode our luck but we were in a derby match and sometimes you have to."

There was no doubt though about the tremendous strike that by Kagisho Dikgacoi that took all three points back to SE25. 

"It was a fantastic goal, he was playing against Brazil at the weekend and he said he'd picked up a few tips, it was a great strike."

In the early weeks of the season the side were conceding but work on the training ground has helped the new back line form more of a unit together and the boss was pleased to see a clean sheet at The Valley.  

"You have to remember that from our defence last season we have lost Nathaniel Clyne and Anthony Gardner as well as Paddy McCarthy missing through injury but I always had faith our new back four could do well. 

"It takes time for them to work together as a unit but it was good to see it work so well tonight and they are now picking up some confidence and that always helps."

As expected the atmosphere was red hot inside the stadium and Freedman was delighted the Palace following went home celebrating a victory.  
 
"The support tonight was excellent and the 3000 that were here for us helped make a great atmosphere. These fans have stuck by us through thick and thin over the years and this season has been no different. 

"After the start to the season we had some clubs would have had their boo boys turn on them but not ours, they know what I am trying to do here and it's nice to win this one for them."

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