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Ollie Takes Blame For Swans Loss

22 September 2013

Palace manager Ian Holloway was downbeat after watching team’s 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea City. 

A second minute goal from Michu and Nathan Dyer’s second half strike were enough to condemn the Eagles to their second home defeat of the season. 

Holloway was forced to watch the match from the stands after being given a touchline ban – and he blamed himself for his side’s performance.

He said: “I’m absolutely gutted. If you’d have seen the work we did, what we talked about, how sharp we were yesterday and the choices I was excited about – and it all faded away in one minute 30 seconds. 

“The changes I chose to make with the new lads coming in, it looked like they were strangers in fairness. That’s as bad as I ever want to feel. I didn’t enjoy any minute and it was my fault for not being on the line with them after losing my temper against Tottenham.

“I felt estranged and out of it. They’ve got to feel the manager’s with them, so please blame me.

“When the manager’s there, it’s a little bit different, so I’d rather blame myself to be honest.”

But the gaffer admitted that he displayed his anger in front of the players following the full-time whistle.  

He said: “The lads have had a volley from me because if I’d had that Palace shirt on, I’d know what it means to me. I’d would have chased back and got back, I’d have known my job and that’s the bare minimum here.

“You’ve got to learn and the games are ticking – 33 to go.

“We’ve got to look at what we can do better and then take that into the next game, which I think is Southampton and they were rather good yesterday.”  

Damien Delaney was forced off at half time of Saturday afternoon’s match – and Holloway revealed the early signs were not promising. 

“He’s got an ankle like an elephant,” he said. “It’s completely swollen up and you don’t normally get that without a problem. 

“Our worst area at the minute is in the backline. I was hoping Paddy would be fit, he’s nearly getting there. Jack Hunt’s injured and the only cover I had on the bench was a midfield player.” 

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