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Holloway Focusing On Brighton Clash

4 May 2013

Palace manager Ian Holloway refused to celebrate his side’s 3-2 victory over Peterborough, despite it seeing the Eagles qualify for the play-offs. 

The home side came from 1-0 and 2-1 down to snatch a late win at Selhurst Park – a result that consolidated their position in fifth place in the Championship. 

Mile Jedinak’s late winner sparked joyous scenes inside the stadium and there was a party atmosphere during the squad’s lap of honour after the final whistle.

But Holloway did not take part in the celebrations and told Palace Player he was already focusing on the play-off semi-final with Brighton.

He said: “We’ve achieved one thing which is getting in the play-offs and I’m totally and utterly focused on that. I’m not celebrating.

“I’m very pleased for the group, they deserve it. But now we’ve got to work and make sure we come up with a plan that can stop their [Brighton’s] attacking football, stop them winning and then win one of the two games if we can against our arch rivals – which I know all about now.

“I’m very pleased for the lads and the crowd. The way that game went is about as ridiculous as the last few weeks have been going. We started absolutely fantastic, should have scored, didn’t score, and we find ourselves one down.

“But what I’m finding out really quickly about this group is their character. I thought we needed something before half time, we got a penalty, and that brought the confidence back.

“Typically of how it’s been going, we let another goal in against the run of play, but you’ve got to give Peterborough credit – they kept going and kept going. I just couldn’t believe how we were behind in that game.

“We got ourselves in a pickle, I had to change it from what they are not used to, from what they are not comfortable with to a more attacking line-up and it worked.” 

The result set up a two-legged play-off with Brighton, with a date at Wembley awaiting the winners.

The first leg will take place at Selhurst Park at Friday night, with tickets on sale now.

To book your seats at the match, CLICK HERE.  

To watch Ian Holloway's press conference in full, CLICK HERE.  

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