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Holloway: It's All To Play For

10 May 2013

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway believes everything is still to play for after the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final with Brighton ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Both sides had chances to win the game, with Julian Speroni denying Dean Hammond with a fine first half save, before the Eagles had the better of the second 45. 

But ultimately both sides had to settle for a draw - and Ollie was pleased with his team's performance.

“All we didn't do was score," he said. 

"I thought they started quite well first half and we got in the front foot in the second and had two cleared off the line. That’s what happens in games like this, so it’s all still to play for.

“It was pretty tense – two half decent teams who know what’s at risk.

"Now we have to go there and they will have to watch us because we aren't bad at counter-attacking. Obviously we will have to stop them at their own ground, but this is where the pressure happens, this is where it all starts building.

"It only takes one thing from us and that could upset everything."

Holloway admitted that Palace are set to be without 30-goal striker Glenn Murray for the return leg, after he twisted awkwardly in the box during the second half. 

Asked about the extent of Murray's injury, the Palace boss said: “We’re not sure at the moment. Doctors have had a good look at him and we’ll have to get a scan.

“It could be all sorts of things, we’re not sure yet. The doctor feels it might be something wrong with his cruciate ligament so obviously he’s going to be out for Monday.” 

But Holloway said the news on Jonny Williams, who also came off injured, is more positive, with the Welsh midfielder suffering from cramp.
He added: “I think that’s his age and the amount of games he’s missed over the last year, year and a half. He should be okay, but he literally couldn't walk when we got him off.”

To see Ian Holloway's press conference in full, log into Palace Player here. 

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