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McArthur On Sunderland Defeat

23 November 2015

James McArthur admitted that Palace are looking to get their home form back on track after they slipped to defeat against Sunderland.

Jermain Defoe’s goal 10 minutes from time means the Eagles have now won just twice from their last nine Selhurst games in the Premier League, despite some superb performances on their travels in that time, and the Scottish midfielder is already targeting the weekend’s game against Newcastle United as a chance to put things right.

After tonight’s match, he said: “The Premier League is hard, it doesn’t matter who you play against because you’re always going to have tough games. 

“We’ve had good results away from home and bad results here at Selhurst and we have to make sure we put that right and bounce back against Newcastle on Saturday.

“It’s hard to put your finger on why that is, and if we knew what the problem was we’d be doing a lot better, so we need to make it right and take advantage of the big moments in the game.”

Despite dominating the encounter statistically, one mix-up between Scott Dann and Wayne Hennessey saw Palace slip to defeat to the Black Cats, and McArthur feels as though his side deserved something for their night’s work but just couldn’t find that elusive goal.

“I felt we had a lot of the ball but we lacked the killer instinct to try and get that goal, and we’ve let a poor one in,” he added.

“I didn’t think their formation mattered, we had enough of the ball to create opportunities but in the final third we weren’t quite at it.

“As the game went on we should have taken something out of it but that’s the Premier League for you. You can’t take your foot off the gas and you have to be at it every single week, and if you’re not then you won’t win games.”

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