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Holloway: We Look More Like My Team

5 January 2013

Ian Holloway gave his thoughts to the media after seeing his Palace side hold Premier League Stoke to a 0-0 draw.

"It was a good game, I see them as a good side, fantastically well organised and with quality everywhere. I saw us looking more like my team, so I'm delighted. I thought we played very well and we had to. It was a very decent game with a few strange decisions for both sides. It was all a bit weird, but all I'm looking at is shape and pattern and it's starting to come."

Palace started the game without top scorer Glenn Murray and with a tweaked formation with Holloway pleased at his players' reactions towards his changing tactics.

"Without Murray and Wilbraham it gave us a bit of a problem and we started a different way which almost got us a goal. When they sussed it they broke on us so we had to go back what we normally do. I'm delighted with the lads though, that's probably the youngest bench I've ever had. Now we've got another game away, where it's notoriously difficult which will be fantastic experience for my lads. The confidence is starting to come."

Holloway handed a debut to Jason Banton but spoke of his decision not to make too many changes to his starting eleven.

"It was nice for Jason (Banton to go out there and nice for Jonny (Williams) to go out there. I wanted to win or lose, I wasn't bothered which as long as we had a good performance. The way the game was going I'm glad we didn't lose because I felt my boys didn't deserve to. I played as strong a team as I had available apart from Speroni who I felt needed a rest. I'm sat there and it looks like my team now, that's eight weeks so I'm looking forward to the rest of my four years. (Murray) is not very well, I was thinking of resting one or two but the response they gave me on the training ground I felt they were all fine.

"Last week (Wolves) we had 66%, when we won games 5-0 we only had 44%. They were used to winning it back and counter-attacking, I want them used to the ball and we manage to do that today. Tony (Pulis) will be happy they didn't let a goal in but I'm sure he wouldn't have wanted us to have that much of the ball."

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