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Holloway: We Look Altogether Stronger

16 February 2013

Ian Holloway gave his views to the Palace website after seeing his side record a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Selhurst.

 

"I'm happy at the end of the game. The first half I was a bit disappointed. I challenged the lads I thought we didn't move it quick enough and they've been looking a lot better than that this week. I told them that at half-time and we managed to up the pace of how we did things and get ourself into a comfortable situation. I thought Wilf was excellent, I thought Jonny (Williams) was excellent. It's nice to have KG and Jedinak back and I think we're getting stronger. I put Jonny Parr back in and he was terrific, some of his pace up and down that left hand side. We look altogether stronger."

 

After watching a number of strong performances, Holloway paid tribute to one of his new signings, Stephen Dobbie, who had another excellent game.

 

"I've always said he's not your cake-mix, he's your icing on the top. He's a beautiful, wonderful, fantastic player but if you're looking at him to tackle he won't always do that...but he's a beautiful artist and he's adding some things that I know and I want. Postitions that he naturally goes which I've worked with him on, he's adding those and we look more cohesive. The style that I've picked up I've had to change to mine. I brought two players that know me so I haven't got to teach them anything, they're just adding to the group. Dobbs has just slotted right in. I think our fans haven't seen the best of him yet because he normally scores."

 

The game also saw Wilfried Zaha put in arguably his best performance in a Palace shirt, under the watchful eye of Roy Hodgson and the Palace boss paid tribute to his young winger.

 

"Wilf today with the England manager watching him, his choice of pass, his weight of pass, he used his full-back's run to beat someone. That was what I inherited when I first got here and that's as good as he's played for me I think. I told him at half-time (Hodgson was in attendance), so what a stroke of genius that might have been! Although he did well enough in the first half, he is literally as good as any chef I've seen, he can roast people. He's roasted both their full-backs...they'll be delighted to go home to be honest."


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