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Freedman: Proud As A Manager

22 September 2012

Dougie Freedman gave his thoughts to the official website after seeing his young Palace side comeback from two goals down to beat Cardiff 3-2 at Selhurst Park.

"To be 2-0 down and, I don't think deservedly, to show the character and energy that we showed in the second half was very pleasing. I thought it was the correct result, I thought we played very well today. As a comeback it is the best I've had in my managerial career.

"I thought we played fantastic approach play in the first half and they (Cardiff) blocked a lot of shots and a lot of crosses, and credit to them. When they had two half chance the quality they've got (showed), sometimes you have to give a little bit of credit to Cardiff who put us on the back foot. In the second half our approach play was the same but this time the shots and crosses came off and we caused a lot of problems. Cardiff are a good side and they'll be in the shake-up come the end of the season so it makes me even prouder as a manager that we've stood up to a huge challenge this week against Cardiff and Nottingham Forest. The two performances deserved two wins really."

Despite the two goal deficit Freedman said the message to his side at half-time had been a simple one.

"You have to be very truthful and honest with the players at half-time. We told them to up the tempo, we're a very fit and exciting team that uses a lot of energy going forward and we'd sparred with them in the first and felt if we upped the tempo...fortunately enough that came off."

The manager also gave a special word of praise for the likes of Andre Moritz.

"I had an experience last year with Antonion Pedroza who was a wonderful young player but couldn't adapt, and that's taught me as a manager that it takes time. Andre is starting to gel with the lads, socially and around the training ground, and you're starting to see that in performances. I think he'll be a big player for us, the way he holds the ball and the timing of his passes to the wingers is crucial for us. As time goes on he's going to get better."

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