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Holloway Pre-Derby

1 March 2013

Ian Holloway gave his pre-match views to the Palace website ahead of his side's visit to Derby this evening. Here's what he had to say:


On Derby


I know they'll be trying as hard as they ever can. That's what Cloughie's teams do but from my point of view we've just got to get some points away from home. You don't need to be a genius to work out that we haven't got those points and I'm left scratching my head saying why sometimes. I don't think there's too much wrong with it we just have to start believing again and I'm sure we'll get them when we need them. And I think we need some this Friday (today).


On Tactics - home and away


I think we've done all sorts of different things and we did have some great away wins. I don't think the level of performances have actually been that different, I'd actually wager that the second half against Watford is as good as this team's played for me. Unfortunately that only got us a draw but it's about digging in when you need to. We have all the attributes to win away from home and we've just got to go out there and realise that. We've had a couple of late lapses of concentration and you have to see it through to the end. That's just football at this level. The level of performances, since I've been here, I don't think I've been able to complain, perhaps the first half against Charlton. The lads have got to realise that what they're doing is good enough, a bit of luck at the right time and who's to say we can't get that sparkling run going. We've already done it once this season. With this group, the atmosphere is fantastic and that's all you need.


On Zaha


I think even if he'd have been sub last week it would have been a wonderful opportunity for me to bring someone on. I decided to try and clear up the couple of niggles he had, one's cleared up, the other hasn't yet but I'm hoping he's ready to go. He'll tell me. He is a fantastic attacking and devastating player to have. He can win you a match in the wink of an eye, he can turn a game with a wonderful bit of skill. I think anyone in the country would miss him if he's not playing but I've got to nurture him through.


Watch Ian Holloway's full press conference on Palace Player now.

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