Palace midfielder Adlene Guedioura was happy to make his first team comeback against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday – but said the result overshadowed his return to the side.
The Algerian was introduced in the 82nd minute of the 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane, for what were his first Premier League minutes since he broke two ribs in the defeat at West Bromwich Albion in November.
But Guedioura had mixed emotions when he spoke to cpfc.co.uk after the match. He said: “I’m really sad because we’ve lost the game and we deserved more, but personally I’m really happy to come back into the team and get some minutes.
“Hopefully I can get a few more games, get back to full fitness and try to help Palace stay up this season.”
Guedioura was full of praise for the way his teammates performed during the first half, where they completely outplayed the hosts and were unfortunate not to secure a half time advantage.
He said: “It was the best first half performance I’ve seen since I’ve been at Palace. We did really well and were unlucky not to score. We created plenty of chances of controlled the game as well.
“It was a great first half, so it’s a bit frustrating that we came back for the second half and they scored after 50 minutes or so. But the team did great and even in the second half, we showed great mentality and had chances.
“The manager gave us some belief and some confidence, and you could see that in the way we started the game. We played very well and controlled the game. We had four or five clear chances to score, with the penalty as well, and I don’t think people expected us to play like that.”
The man Guedioura replaced during the latter stages of the game, Jason Puncheon, missed a penalty just eight minutes into the game, but the summer signing from Nottingham Forest says the team are right behind him.
“We can all miss penalties,” he said. “We just have to forget about it and think about the next game.
“I’m really sad for Jason because he really wanted to score and the goal could have changed the game. But if we keep thinking about it, we are not going to step forward.
“He has our support. These things happen in football and I’m sure he will score in future games.”