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Holloway: It's About A Squad

5 March 2013

Ian Holloway gave his thoughts to the Palace website after seeing his side secure a 4-2 over promotion rivals Hull.


"It's about getting a squad together. I think they were shocked when I told them (the team) yesterday but it's about tactics and being able to adapt to who you're playing. I just felt that I've had that sort of scenario before and you have to try and pin their back three back. I knew Kev (Phillips) had to play, that's what he does. It's harsh on Yannick, he was brilliant on Friday, probably the best I've seen him. It's about building a squad and most of that I was completely delighted with. Even the bits and pieces were it was close because they're a good team."


Holloway admitted his frustrations over the concession of a couple of late goals after seeing his side make a 3-0 lead look slender in the closing stages.


"That spoilt it. We almost stopped before we'd done it but I can't be too harsh, it's a great feeling. We should have been on a roll now and I've had to say one or two things. I thought we were a bit fortunate to be honest, the one Kev hit for his hat-trick bobbled off someone and looped into the corner and was it a penalty the second one? I'm not sure, the first one was and I thought we should have had a third one. I thought that was that gave us the lead was very harsh and I thought we dropped a bit after we missed the penalty. It's a great feeling though, two vital wins. We got the monkey off our back with the away win and then this is a tough place to come."


The Palace boss also took the time to pay tribute to the fans after another great atmosphere at Selhurst helped inspired the team.


"I just want to thank them. I'm rocking myself, it's brilliant. I think the icing on the cake for me was the last goal. To see that young man throw his left foot over it and flick it in with his right was just brilliant. I think we've beaten a very, very good team there tonight. Let's get on with the next game, it's Leeds at home. It doesn't get much bigger than that."


Watch the full press conference with Ollie online tonight.

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