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Freedman: We Can Beat Anyone

21 September 2012

With the second of two tough home games fast-approaching in the form of Cardiff City, manager Dougie Freedman goes into the game on the back of an excellent midweek performance. 

 

 

"I felt that we moved the ball around very well, we attacked with some purpose as well, there were a lot of chances created and when we had to defend, I felt we defended well. So I thought it was an all-round good team performance."

 

 

South African Kagisho Dikgacoi's good run of form continued as he netted the opener, heading home from an Owen Garvan corner. This was before the midfielder, who now has four goals in five league games, was forced off by injury, although the boss remains confident he will be available for selection on Saturday.

 

"It looks like he'll be fine. He got whiplash in his neck, so he'll be a little bit touch and go, but we are leaning towards that he'll be fine for Saturday.

 

"He [Dikgacoi] has done very well this season, we had a good chat this summer about releasing one of the midfielders more than last season. We set up a little bit different now in terms of the two out-and-out wingers, so I think more balls will be coming into the box. Therefore releasing a centre midfielder, whether it be Owen Garvan or KG, I think, has worked for us. He's grasped that and he's doing exactly what we ask of him."

 

Young starlet Jonathan Williams also came off injured in the Tuesday evening clash, but, as with Dikgacoi, the Palace boss doesn't expect the injury to completely rule the Welshman out of contention for the rematch of last season's Carling Cup semi final.

 

"It's just the way he plays." He conceded. "He's very exciting, always committing defenders he's going to take a lot of knocks and unfortunately he got a knock again on Tuesday which will make him a 50/50 for Saturday's game, but knowing Jonny's character, he'll turn up with a smile on his face and be up for selection."

 

 

The arrival of Danny Gabbidon was the most recent of a latest batch of summer signings at the club, though the transfer dealings isn't everything in such a competitive league.

 

"Money doesn't guarantee you success in football, this club have been through that, spending money doesn't guarantee any success and it put us in a lot of trouble."

 

He continued, "Although Malkay's a lucky manager to have been able to spend £10 million, does he work harder than us? Does he work harder in training? Is his team more prepared? These are the sort of things we've got to be better at than them at."

 

In regards to his own summer signings, Freedman had the following to say: "I just feel right now that we have strength in a different way, we have strength in depth this year. We can rely on one or two people from the bench to turn it round for us if needed, we've also got a team which, I believe, is a little bit more exciting as well.

 

"Let's not hide the fact that Cardiff are a very strong team and, as I just said, have spent a lot of money, £10 million in transfer fees and whatever wages they've spent.

 

"We need to stop thinking about what other teams do, like what Nottingham Forest or Cardiff have done and we've showed that if we're prepared better, have more desire and more commitment and, like Tuesday night, more quality, then I believe we can beat anyone in this division."

 

To watch more of Dougie's interview, CLICK HERE to see the extended version on PALACE PLAYER now.

 


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