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Ollie On Tottenham Defeat

18 August 2013

Palace manager Ian Holloway was disappointed by his side's narrow defeat to Tottenham, on the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

A second-half penalty from Roberto Soldado proved enough to secure all three points for Spurs, despite some late pressure from the Eagles. 

But despite witnessing a dogged display from his side, Holloway said: "I'm a bit disappointed if I'm honest. We normally play a bit better and quicker and sharper than that with the ball. 

"Did we get to grips with it quick enough first half? I expected us to do what we did, blocking up their spaces and I don't think their full-backs got forward as much as they normally do because we blocked a few things up. But I was disappointed with our lack of belief in our movement and our passing really."

Holloway admitted he was also unimpressed by Mark Clattenburg's decision to award a penalty to Tottenham for Dean Moxey hand ball. He said: "It was a completely unbelievably dubious handball. Was it deliberate? I didn't think he had chance to get out the way. Yes his arms came up, but he was diving on the floor. 

"You ask anyone, if you're falling, what happens to your arms? I've never seen anyone fall with their arms by the sides. I don't think he had a chance in hell of getting out the way of it."

The gaffer revealed he is hopeful of having a stronger squad at his disposal when Palace visit Stoke on Saturday. 

"Jonny Williams played on Wednesday night, a full 90 minutes and with his history you've got to be really careful. 

"Chamakh should be able to train next week, Campana will have another week - he was out for two weeks - so we should be in a much better scenario for next week. 

"But the lads have got to realise that they have earned the right to be at this level, the honeymoon's over and they've got to believe in themselves."

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