Tony Pulis was disappointed at the lack of goal-scoring opportunities Palace managed to create in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
Jay Rodriguez’s fortunate first half goal gave the Saints all three points and Pulis was left frustrated that the Eagles were unable to get themselves back in the game.
He was however pleased with the work rate of his players against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
“I thought we did alright,” Pulis said after the game. “We competed very well, but the disappointing thing was that we never created more opportunities.
“But they are a good side, they’ve got some good players. We’ve watched them the last three games they’ve played. They played at West Ham and played exceptionally well but got beat 3-1.
“They’ve got some real quality and it was always going to be a tough game. In tough games, you need a break and we didn’t get a break today.
“If we would have got that, I think we would have relaxed a bit more and we might have created more opportunities.”
Palace now face two trips to the north east in the space of eight days as they face fellow relegation strugglers Sunderland and their local rivals Newcastle United on consecutive Saturdays.
And Pulis knows that his players will need to show a lot of mental strength during those two fixtures and the rest of the Premier League run-in.
“The most important thing is that you stay really focused,” he added. “The lads are very, very disappointed because they’ve worked very hard today and got nothing out of it, but that’s the Premier League for you.
“They’ve got to understand there is quality in every team you play and you have to really be on your mettle – you’ve got to concentrate for 90 minutes to get those results.”