Palace boss Ian Holloway took plenty of positives from his side’s 4-1 victory at Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday night.
The gaffer took a squad filled with youth and first-team experience to Champion Hill, but he was delighted with the performance his side put in.
A brace from Elliot Grandin plus goals from Jerome Williams and Yannick Bolasie were enough to secure a convincing win for the Eagles, but Holloway thought it was a closer match than the one-sided score line suggested.
“I thought it was a very good game,” he said. “We showed a bit of rustiness really, we’ve given a goal away from a throw-in, which we’ve just got to work down the line. We threw it inside and took a risk, and Elliot probably blotted his copy book tonight because I thought he was terrific. He scored two and then gave them one.
“That’s only a silly thing, but I was delighted really. I thought the work ethic was good, Paddy McCarthy’s played his first 45 minutes in over a year and some of the young lads got to work with some of the senior ones and I thought it was quite an exciting performance in the end.
“I’m very pleased for the whole team. I think KG looked his self again, he played some great passes and we’ve got some sparks. We are quite exciting. Dwight looked a total threat. I thought he worked hard, I thought he looked sharp. Unfortunately he didn’t score but Bolasie did offer that so that’s another assist for him.”
Holloway was “delighted” to see club captain McCarthy pull on a Palace shirt and complete his first 45 minutes in more than 12 months.
Speaking about the Irishman’s return to action, he said: “It was fantastic for Paddy. It’s an absolute player’s nightmare being out for a whole season. He’s been there for the club for years and he deserves to have a chance to get back out there and play for us. He’s a wonderful person, a wonderful leader, a wonderful ambassador for the football club.
“But all he wants to do is be fit to play. It must have been frustrating for him, but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a player work so hard and be so determined to get back fit. I’m absolutely determined he’s come through this evening and that’s a step closer to getting in our 25 and getting some games under his belt this season. I’m delighted for him.”
The gaffer hinted that he is hopeful of adding to his squad ahead of Palace’s final pre-season friendly against Lazio on Saturday.
He added: “It’s going to be a test. It will be more like what we will be facing, where we won’t have so much of the ball and we’ll have to deny them space and try and counter attack.
“Hopefully I can get some new players in to try and bolster the squad, we’re trying really hard, we’re getting closer and closer to some really exciting things and hopefully it all works out.
“I need to put pressure on everybody, in almost every position. I probably need to get six signings to be able to do that realistically, so me and the chairman are working our socks off.”
Tickets for that last warm-up match of the summer are still available online and at the club’s box office. Seats are available in the Main Stand, Holmesdale Road (upper and lower tiers) and the Whitehorse Lane Stand at the following prices:
Senior concessions: £15
Junior concessions: £10
Directors Box: £30 (£20 con)
The Arthur Wait Stand will not be open for this game.
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