Despite pushing Arsenal all the way this afternoon, Connor Wickham admitted that his side felt “frustrated” after not being able to gain a result against the Gunners.
The Eagles went down 2-1 to Arsene Wenger’s men after Damien Delaney’s unfortunate own goal gave the visitors the lead for a second time after Joel Ward had cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s fine opener, but the new signing, who made his first start for the club today, was disappointed with the final result.
Post-match he said: “It’s a frustrating result. In our first home game of the season we wanted more but Arsenal are a good team and we have to appreciate that but I think the performance we put in today we deserved more, especially with the chances we created which we could have done more with.
“I think we’re a team that regardless of whether we’re in a rut or not we’re compact and defend as a unit, which is what we did after they scored. We didn’t do too well in the first-half but we stuck together as a team and got ourselves back in it with Wardy’s goal.
“We started the second half well, but they got a lucky goal and now we have to pick ourselves up. It was lucky because it could have gone anywhere and unfortunately for us it’s gone in our top corner.”
Wickham himself nearly put his side ahead when he hit the frame of the Holmesdale goal with a strike just after half-time with the score at 1-1 and he again rued his side’s bad luck.
“If the ball was wet and it had a bit of grease on it then it would go in off the post but it was sticky and it stayed out,” he said. “It’s just one of those things so I’ve just got to pick myself up along with the rest of the lads and we’ll do better next week and hopefully then I can get my first goal.”
Having had his first taste of Selhurst Park as an Eagle, Wickham admitted it was a bittersweet day but is already looking forward to another dose of it next weekend when Aston Villa come to town on Saturday.
On the atmosphere, he said: “It was brilliant, obviously not the result but the fans have been excellent and the atmosphere was great.
“It’s a tough place to come to as an away player I’ve done it a few times and it’s not nice but to have the fans on my side today was good and hopefully they’ll be a key factor in our performances in the future.
“We’ll approach that game differently and with the attack we have we’ll definitely get chances and hopefully we can come away with three points and make this place a fortress.”