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Millen Pleased With Youngsters' Attitude

31 July 2015

Keith Millen spoke highly of the Eagles' young guns following the 6-0 hammering of Bromley FC on Thursday night, praising their attitudes and performances.

Palace put in a dominant display on Hayes Lane, effectively killing the game off before the break, thanks to the clinical finishing of Patrick Bamford and the high-octane wing play of Wilfried Zaha and Sullay Kaikai.

The team that started at the Bromley Arena was made up of players in need of game time, some on the return from injury - like Zaha - and some Development squad stars. Millen was pleased with the run out for the boys, praised the professionalism of the starting eleven and was delighted with Man of the Match Kaikai and his fellow winger Zaha.

"We looked at it after South Africa and decided that - after looking at the squad - we couldn't fit them all in for Fulham and Dagenham," Millen said, about the squad selection versus Bromley.

"There's a few boys coming back from little injuries, like Wilf, so it was a perfect run-out for us. The pros showed a good attitude and made it a good game, we're pleased a lot of them got 70 minutes and will better for that."

Zaha was out of action at the Cape Town Cup through a toe injury, but was in scintillating form against the Ravens, causing them problems down the flank and providing the assist for Kaikai's opening strike.

Millen was pleased with the winger's return to form and praised his condition, despite being out of the side lately. "He's a natural athlete, Wilf, and he does look after himself," he said. 

"He's missed match time, but he's been working hard and tonight was important for him, his toe was fine - which is good. We've not picked up any injuries and Patrick scoring the goals he's scored tonight showed the cleverness he's got in his game and showcased his cool finishing.

"Kaikai's been around us all pre-season and the manager has been really pleased with him," he added. "Not just his attitude, but his ability, he's done well. Christian, at left-back, I thought had a very good game and he's been training with us, he came to South Africa and he's fit in really well, so them two were pluses, and Luke Croll at centre half. 

"The kids have come in and the ones who have come on showed a good attitude, even though the game was won, but it was the pros attitude from the kick off that really set the tone. We could've quite easily turned up here and not got much out of the game, but we set the tempo and it was a good work out."

Millen also discussed tomorrow's trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham. The full video interview is available now, CLICK HERE to watch it.

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