Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis was in pragmatic mood after watching his side go down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
A second half penalty from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney’s volley sealed the three points for the reigning Premier League champions after the Eagles had held firm for an hour.
Although Pulis was pleased with the application and work rate of his players, he admitted he was disappointed with the manner in which the goals were conceded.
“I thought United had a couple of good chances in the first half and on another day they could have scored,” the gaffer said. “They’ve not had many chances though, the keeper’s not made any saves.
“But giving them the penalty obviously gave them a lift. I thought it was a penalty – Cham’s come across him. He’s worked really hard – I don’t think he played very well today, but he worked really hard for us and he just made a bad decision, caught Evra and it was a penalty.
“Up until that point, we knew the longer the game went on with it being 0-0, the more opportunities we would get because United would press onto us. Like I say, they got a couple of goals and their second goal we could have done better with as well.”
Pulis thought his side could have had a penalty of their own when Juan Mata caught Chamakh with a high boot in the other penalty area when the score was still 0-0.
He said: “We’ve got a very difficult run of games at home, so we’ve got to pick up some points against the top teams. They got a break today – if we’d have got a penalty and gone 1-0 up, it might have been a different game. They got that break and fair play to them.
“It’s no good moaning about referees though – the game’s gone.”