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McArthur: Real Belief In Our Game

29 November 2015

James McArthur's early goal brought Palace on level terms after Newcastle had taken the lead, and it set the home team on their way to not only three points but scoring a record-breaking five goals in a Premier League game. The smile on the Scotland international's face was in complete contrast to the way he left the pitch on Monday night, where the team lost to a sloppy goal in the last 10 minutes of the game.  

"It was a bit doom and gloom on Monday night so it was great to bounce back. After Newcastle scored I think we dominated the match, and we were excellent in the way we took the game to them. The performance today was one of the best I've been involved in."

McArthur admits Palace's home form is something they need improve on, but praised his teammates for taking their chances in a game which took them one point behind Liverpool who sit in sixth place.

"Our results at Selhurst haven't been good enough but the manner of our performance today shows what we're capable of producing. The manager said he wanted me to get in the box a bit more and it's paid off today. I haven't scored this season for the club and I don't think I have scored two in a game since playing as a schoolboy! But it was a whole team performance, Yannick also got two great goals and is on fire. He said after the internationals he was saying he was going to turn it on and obviously he has done that which is great for us as a team." 

After the match Pardew praised the the quality of the team's final ball delivery, and McArthur believes playing on the counter-attack is the way they'll win more games.

"We got the ball over into the box better than we have been doing and we've been able to capitalise on that by scoring so many goals. We are so good at playing the counter-attacking game and I think teams will find it hard to come back at us if we continue to play this way." 

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