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Ramage: Fans Played Their Part

6 September 2012

Peter Ramage has thanked the Palace fans for their support in Saturday's win over Sheffield Wednesday and dedicated The Eagles' first points of the campaign to them.

After a difficult start to the season an improvement was needed against an in-form Owls side, and the defender, who returned to the club permanently in the summer after a loan spell from Queens Park Rangers, has admitted that the Selhurst faithful pushed them on to grab the late victory.

Speaking exclusively to Palace Player, he said: "Obviously it hasn't been a good start but the fans have appreciated the effort and what we're trying. Everything is not going to happen at the click of a finger but on Saturday they got behind us.

"As well as the penalty decision changing the course of the game I think they played their part as well because they gave us that extra little bit of a lift we needed to go and get the winner, so the win was as much for them as it was for us.

"Wednesday were 19 games unbeaten so we knew we were in a tough game and we obviously hadn't had the greatest of starts, so we knew that we had to come out and put in a performance as well as get a result, and I think we got both."

The Geordie defender had admitted that the club's start to the season has been disappointing, however he was hopeful that Saturday's win could be catalyst to help push Palace up the table.

"We've not got too downheartened by the start, obviously it has been disappointing but we've worked our socks off on the training pitch with Lennie (Lawrence), the gaffer and Flem (Curtis Fleming) to put the wrongs right but there is still a long way to go and it's early in the season.

"If you're going to have a bad start to the season then you can progress. If you look at Reading last season, they made a very poor start and went on to win the league. I'm not saying that that's our target but that's just a blueprint as to what we can look forward to."

To hear Peter's views on the new signings and his thoughts on the derby game against Charlton, see the full interview on Palace Player now.

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