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Holloway: My Lads Are Palace Heroes

28 May 2013

Ian Holloway praised his squad of players after they completed the final hurdle of the season and gained promotion to the top flight. 
"How much you spend on your group isn't always what gives you the success, it's what's inside their hearts and how much they work for you.
"I've been very fortunate with that with both teams that have done it for me, I was privileged to have worked with them. To me they're Palace heroes."
A deadline day signing was the man trusted with firing home the penalty that sealed promotion and the boss was sure Kevin Phillips would finish the job.  

"If I had to put everything I own on someone smacking it in the net, then I'd put it on Kev. I'll keep signing him until he's nearly 50 or 60, if he keeps putting the ball in the net.
"The difficult thing for Kev is living in a hotel once or twice a week because he doesn't need to move his family any more. That's what you lose; you lose that desire.
"So I don't train him every day. My lads accept that because they know what he does when he does turn up.
"It's his enthusiasm that he needs to keep. It's that little spark inside him, that jiggle. That's what I want to keep.
"It's your soul inside you. That little vibe when you get up in the morning. I've still got mine. Hopefully he's still got his.
"I can't wait to see him again and thank him for how well he's played for me."
With promotion achieved through the play-offs time is short to prepare for the new campaign but Holloway knows what is required.  
"We had enough match winners in our team that would cause a few problems. I've got to make sure we've got that next year.
"It all starts now for me because the minute we kick off next season we're on a hiding to nothing, so we've got to make sure we can compete and I want to stay there."

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