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Holloway: "Have To Stick Together"

16 April 2013

Ian Holloway has urged his players to stick together to ensure that a play-off spot doesn't slip out of the Eagles' grasp after losing 3-0 to Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Three goals within the final 12 minutes of the first half put the game beyond reach for the visitors, but Holloway insists his side can still recover and claim a spot in the top six starting with Saturday's game with Leicester City at Selhurst.

"We started fine, I thought we looked fantastic and moved the ball around well and I thought that was the best we've been for quite a while until the goal," Ollie said in his post-match press conference. "They were nervous and edgy and within a couple of minutes it had all turned around.

"Will their kid score another goal like that again in his life? Probably not. Will my goalie and my centre-back make a mistake like that again? Talk about having the stuffing knocked out of us. I've said all along, we have to believe in ourselves when others don't and this group is still finding out about myself and themselves. 

"It's going away from us and we've got to try and get it back. You have to be brave enough to pull things out of the fire and you can only do that if you stick together.

"I saw all sorts of effort and willingness but unfortunately even Kevin Phillips couldn't put that chance in at the end and that's just the way things are going. We will go back in and keep working and we will be strong enough to deal with whatever happens. Confidence is the hardest thing to get and the easiest thing to lose and a lot of teams would still swap for where we are now but we have to dig ourselves out of the form we're in."

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