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Millen: We Got What We Deserved

9 November 2013

Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen said his side got what they deserved following their hard-fought 0-0 draw against Everton.

The Eagles dug deep to withstand some late Everton pressure, but had earlier created some guilt-edged chances of their own to win the game through Kagisho Dikgacoi, Marouane Chamakh and Jerome Thomas. 

But the hosts will be delighted to get a point on the board going into the international break, to bring to an end a run of seven straight league defeats.

Speaking after the match, Millen said: “We actually got what we deserved today and if you’re being greedy, we could have got all three points. With the clear cut chances we had, if you’re going to be critical, we’ve got to take them. We’re not scoring enough goals, but we are creating chances and that’s a positive.

“We knew Everton were a good passing team and we set ourselves up to block that, if you like. I think we limited them to few chances. 

“They had a lot of possession, which we knew they would, but we kept patient and on the counter attack we had four or five very good opportunities – two headers where we should be scoring and then Jerome Thomas when he got put through. You’ve got to make the keeper work really there, but tried to chip it and he put it wide.  

“But I never criticise players for missing chances. I asked them to be brave today and they were, with and without the ball. I’m very proud of them, very proud of the staff, and we’ve enjoyed today.

“The players responded well to the fans. They are enjoying being in the Premier League and it’s tough when they aren’t winning games.

“But the belief is there with the players, as a group. You can’t ask any more from them other than taking their chances.”

Millen was quick to praise the defensive quality of his team, who stood firm to nullify the threat posed by the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines.

“Ive tried not to make too many changes the last three games,” Millen said. “We need to try and build a togetherness and an understanding. We made a couple of enforced changes, but in general the players know their jobs and we looked solid. 

“I think it’s the whole team defending. You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the midfield players protecting the back four. And today when they really needed to put their heads in there, they did.

“In both boxes we were brave, but unfortunately we didn’t quite have that quality in the attacking box.”  

The result means Palace could jump off the bottom of the Premier League by the end of the weekend, if Manchester City beat 19th placed Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

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