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Holloway: You Need Strength-In-Depth

2 February 2013

Ian Holloway gave the press his thoughts after seeing his side produce an excellent second half display against Charlton, having started the game slowly.


"That team has never played together. We've lost Jedinak, who is a massive player for us, KG, Garvan, Moritz...the whole middle section was uncoordinated. I didn't think it caused us that many problems but they changed their shape and put a centre-half where I was going to play Jacob Butterfield. Glenn Murray couldn't get a thing and we had to change it. That's what the transfer window is all about, and what I was trying to do. We looked a different team because I caused their centre-halves a problem.


"It's really important you get a strong bench and all the people I brought on today made a real difference. That's what you need, strength-in-depth. It feels great to get a win and it feels great to finish the game that way instead of letting a late goal in like we have done recently. That's a vital win for us. That puts us safe, I think that's 51 points and now we can have a gallop and see how many we can get by the end of the season."


Kevin Phillips introduction at half-time made a huge difference and the Palace boss heaped praise on his new loan signing.


"Phillips was just a masterclass. Look how Glenn Murray played in the second half because Kevin Phillips knows what he's doing. It was brilliant to see Jonny (Williams) and Dobbs (Stephen Dobbie) come on. That's great for the lads. I feel we deserved that after the last few weeks. This is a tough part of the season, Im glad January is behind us."


The Palace boss continued to praise his team's resilience after a poor first half that saw some worried faces around Selhurst.


"I'm absolutely delighted. I got a bit of grief at half-time from some of our whallop, have some of that. Sort it out? I'm going to try to that's all I can say. That was the first time that team's played, it wasn't quite the right balance but by the end of the game we had enough. I'm delighted because by the end of it...that's what it's all about. I'm sure our fans will go home and say, 'we didn't start too well but a great finish'."

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