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Holloway: Happy New Year

1 January 2013

Ian Holloway paid tribute to his side and in particular Andre Moritz's fantastic quality from set-pieces after seeing Palace record a comfortable 3-1 win.

"That's fantastic skill and ability and we know Andre's got that. I had a chat with him in the week and hopefully he'll get up to the speed of this country's Championship, that's the only thing. He came here without a pre-season and he's improving all the time. I'm very, very pleased for him and I'm pleased to see Jonny (Williams) back in the team and off the bench. Happy new year to everyone and that's a great start for us."

January promises to be an interesting month for the club with a number of players being linked with Premier League clubs as well as Holloway's determination to strengthen his squad. He revealed he had already spoken to Steve Parish about plans for the transfer window.

"We've already spoken. We're trying to help the squad, we're trying to build it to give us a good chance to have a second half of the season that will keep everybody singing. If people come in, we know where we are. I've made a few phone calls, I think we need to strengthen one or two areas. I've had a look at the academy set-up and there are some really good young players. Are they ready to help this lot yet? Probably not, give them a year, who knows? We're working on some targets, so hopefully I'll bring some good ones to help this group. It's not about how much you spend it's about what sort player you get."

Danny Gabbidon had been taken off at half-time but Holloway moved to reassure fans about the centre-halve's fitness.

"That was just a precaution. That's his third or fourth game in a very short space of time and he felt his hamstring. It was great to be able to get him half-time, hopefully we've protected him. We've got an FA Cup game next, I've been told by my chairman 'I don't want you to win the FA Cup' so that's a relief. The cup run last year didn't really help the club with its league position and we're focused on how well we can do in this league."

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