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Murray Rues Luck After Arsenal Defeat

21 February 2015

Having been the width of a post away from pulling back a two-goal deficit in injury-time to snatch a point, Glenn Murray reflected on the 2-1 defeat by Arsenal with a touch of disappointment.

The Eagles striker scrambled home a goal from close range in stoppage time and then thumped the woodwork with a header seconds before the final whistle as Palace put in a fine performance against Arsenal but ultimately tasted defeat.

Murray made a great impact when he was introduced as a late substitute, and after the final whistle he said: “There's a feeling of disappointment in the changing room as we pushed them all the way, and we were unlucky not to get something out of the game. It was a close one but unfortunately it wasn't to be today. 

“It's nice to get back on the scoresheet and hopefully I can get a few more now. I think it was very close to being 2-2 and it was just one of those things, some days they go in and others they don't.”

Alan Pardew's side had more possession and more shots than a side currently challenging for a Champions League place, and the striker believes that shows how good this Palace squad is as they aim to take some confidence into a big away day at West Ham United next weekend.

“We proved to ourselves that we can compete with these sides and we were unlucky not to get anything from the game,” Murray mused. “We've got a lot of results when the gaffer first came in and I'm sure that'll happen again. We've got to take the positives out of the game and take confidence from it.

“We're disappointed with the goals we conceded, especially when we pride ourselves on our defending, but when you're 2-0 down you've got nothing to lose and I think we kept doing what we were doing and eventually it did pay off.” 

Arsenal took a two goal lead into the break, with replays suggesting that Palace were unlucky to be penalised with the award of a penalty rather than a free-kick for Santi Cazorla's opener, as well as a marginal offside decision in the build-up to Olivier Giroud's second, but Murray hopes that his side will enjoy the rub of the green in future games. 

“It was mentioned in the changing room afterwards that there might have been a couple of dubious goals,” he added. “Personally I haven't seen them yet but apparently the penalty could have been a free-kick, and then we hit the post right at the end so it was just one of those days I think. Hopefully those kind of things will even themselves out by the end of the season.”

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