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Ollie - "Hard Game For Us"

28 August 2013

Ian Holloway was not too disheartened by last night's Capital One Cup exit away to Bristol City, despite Palace losing their third game on the bounce.  

Goals from Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Scott Wagstaff gave the Robins a second half lead, but despite a stunning injury-time goal from Owen Garvan the Eagles exited the competition at the second round stage.

In his post-match press conference, the Palace manager said: “It was a hard game for us but there were lots I was pleased with.

“The team hasn't played together before especially with players like Florian Marange coming in. It’s just important we stick together and work hard as a team.”

With just six days left of the transfer window, Holloway expressed his need for a different dynamic in the team with certain areas missing from their play.

“It was good but what’s glaringly obvious is that we haven’t got our wide men, like we had last year," he added.

“What we had in abundance last year were goals through the middle and people out wide who can run with the ball.

“Without Jerome (Thomas) and Yannick Bolasie it’s difficult because we need people who can run with it. We’ve got to learn, work hard and get a group together.  By the end of this week we will have a few more.

“I’m not frustrated, it’s just getting them over the line which is difficult. We’re probably under more pressure than anyone to do that.

“We’re full of optimism and hope, but we’ve got to get some players over the line before Monday.”

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