It was a disappointing debut for new Eagles star Jordon Mutch as Palace fell to a 1-0 goal defeat to Everton at Selhurst Park, but he was still pleased to make his first appearance for the club.
Romelu Lukaku's goal just two minutes into the contest settled the game in the visitors' favour and meant that Mutch, who started the game on the bench having signed from Queens Park Rangers on Thursday, would taste defeat on his first Selhurst outing for the club, against the run of play.
He said: "It was disappointing to go a goal behind so early, we created a lot of chances in the first-half to try and get back into the game and unfortunately it didn't happen and we have to kick on again next week.
"We put them under a lot of pressure but when they went 1-0 up they kept a good shape and it was unfortunate we couldn't get back in it. I always thought we could get a goal or two but unfortunately it didn't happen.
"We were on the front foot for most of the games so it was unlucky that we didn't get a result from it."
Mutch was introduced into the game as a 25th minute replacement for Marouane Chamakh who departed with a suspected broken nose. Despite it being a little earlier than expected, the 23-year-old was happy to get a bit extra playing time in a red and blue shirt for the first time as he aims for a run in the side.
"It was a nasty one with Chamakh and I hope he's OK but it was great to get on the pitch early and make my debut. He [Alan Pardew] just told me to go out there and express myself, it's a new start so to also enjoy myself and play with a lot of energy.
"The atmosphere here was awesome and I can't wait to play here again and I look forward to the upcoming games. I know a lot of players here already so I think I'll fit straight in and play a lot for the rest of the season.
"I haven't played a lot lately and I need to play a few games to get back up there but I'm sure that will happen quickly."