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Holloway: We Must Stick Together

1 April 2013

Ian Holloway was left frustrated after seeing his Palace side dominate large passages of the game at Blackpool but come away with nothing after Matty Phillip's late strike saw the Eagles slip to a 1-0 defeat.

Ollie admitted in his post match press conference that things aren't quite working out for his side at the moment as they fell to their third defeat in a row, but stressed that everyone has to stick together to give Palace the best hope of gaining promotion this season. 

He said: “We showed character today. We looked calm, believed in ourselves and didn't panic. For me that should have been a 0-0 if we didn't score but it was a great strike from Matty Phillips that's won them the game. 

“Things just aren't going our way but we have to keep going and keep believing in ourselves. It's really important at this time of the season that we all stick together because we're not the only team to have a stutter and we have six games left to get as many points as we can.

“When the sending off happened I thought Blackpool showed great resiliency and dug in. We have to show that as well, we've got Barnsley at home next and we've got to be up and at it.

“We put them under a lot of pressure when they had the ball and we won it back pretty comfortably, and then we worked the ball and tried to move it about but they had a resilience defence and we needed something out of the ordinary to get a goal when they had that many back.”

Holloway was also critical of the poor state of the Bloomfield Road pitch but conceded that it wasn't the only factor that saw his side fail to find the net for the third game in succession.

“The pitch is no excuse, it's the same for both teams, but it doesn't help. However we didn't make the most of our (numerical) advantage as we didn't create much.

“This is our worst run of the season and it's the worst time to have it but we have to dust ourselves down, get up and get on with it really. It's no good feeling sorry for ourselves, we have to step up to the plate.”

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