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Puncheon Gutted After United Defeat

9 May 2015

After scoring Palace's equaliser after coming on as a half-time replacement, Jason Puncheon admits seeing Manchester United grab a second goal to win the game was "tough to take".

The winger came on for Joe Ledley at the break and was soon celebrating after seeing his curling free-kick deflect off the Red Devils' wall and find its way in, but Marouane Fellaini's header 15 minutes from time clinched victory for the visitors.

However after finding David de Gea in inspired form and feeling hard done by with the penalty award for handball on Scott Dann, Puncheon was frustrated that his side hadn't claimed anything at the end of 90 minutes.

Post-match, he said: "It's tough to take because the staff have told me that it wasn't a penalty for them and I think we should have had a penalty for a foul on me after I came on in the second half, but those things happen in football. 

"I think the ball hit Scott [Dann] on the top of the shoulder and that's not classed as handball so it's hard to take but those decisions go against you sometimes.

"We did really well in the second half and created some good chances. They've got a great goalkeeper at the top of his game and he pulled off some great saves and kept them in the game. That's why he plays for one of the best teams in the world and is rated as one of the best."

Puncheon's introduction seemed to spark the Eagles into life in the second 45, capping off a fine display with a goal, but admits that he may have had extra motivation being named on the bench by Alan Pardew.

"I'm all for whatever the manager thinks, if he feels it's the best thing for the team then I'm happy with that," he added. "Maybe it gave me a good response in the second half and I thought I did well when I came on.

"We're professionals and I've got a duty to do when I step onto that pitch and I felt I did that. He told me to play my natural game and I tried to do that. It worked at times so I'm happy with that.

"As I stepped up for the free-kick I knew straight away that I was going to hit it after I'd seen the wall so I was pleased it went in."

"It's been a good season but the defeats to West Brom and Hull were disappointing but in the last two games we've got to take a lot of credit going up against two of the top teams in the country and I felt we did really well."

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