Neil Warnock reflected on Crystal Palace’s narrow 2-1 defeat against Premier League leaders Chelsea after a pulsating game at Selhurst Park.
Before half-time both teams were reduced to 10 men after the sendings-off of Cesar Azpilicueta and Damien Delaney, and it was the red card for the Eagles defender that Warnock noted was the game's turning point.
“I was just about to put Adrian Mariappa on [in place of Delaney]," he said. "It was a silly thing for him to do. He pulls him back, then he is free but then he goes down – which you cannot blame him for.
“You cannot take anything away from our lot because we played some good stuff. We could have scored two or three in the first 40 minutes and that would have been a different game.
“It will be between Chelsea and Manchester City for the title, so I think that makes it better for me because I thought we could have got a result if things went our way.”
When asked about Wilfried Zaha’s role in the team, Warnock added: “Wilfried has been working very hard with me for the past 10 days.
“He knows what I think about him and what I am going to do with him. His discipline is a lot better. He knows when to do tricks and when not to do tricks - as we saw today.
“He has gone to a massive club early on in his career where you don’t get a lot of training. His attitude has been super for me.”