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Kelly Takes Positives From Defeat

14 September 2015

Defender Martin Kelly has insisted that there are positives to take from Saturday's narrow defeat to Premier League table-toppers Manchester City, claiming that he and his teammates are in a good position to bounce back from their disappointment.

The Eagles gave Manuel Pellegrini's men a scare, matching them across the pitch and fashion chances of their own, despite the visitors being the favourites during the bout at Selhurst Park.

In the 89th minute, the game was settled by City's young substitute striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who prodded home a loose ball after Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy parried Samir Nasri's low drive.

"We're all frustrated, but that's football. That can happen.," Kelly reflected after the defeat. 

"We're disappointed because we thought we matched Man City today, but we'll still take positives out of the game. We're on a positive run and the way we're playing is good, the team's playing well together and we've got a good solid base to work from. So we'll take the positives and look forward to next week."

Kelly cited the club's summer transfer activity as one of the real positives, claiming that Palace have made a lot of progress on and off the field since finishing tenth in the top flight at the end of last season.

"The manager's made some good signings over the summer and if you look at our performance today I think we've progressed as a team from last season and we've pushed on," he said. "It's got to be exciting for any fan watching, [we've shown] we can win away at Stamford Bridge and take the game to Man City with the fans right behind us."

The defender, who came in for the injured Joel Ward at right-back, did not play in the pre-international break victory against reigning champions Chelsea, but he was pleased to be in the side for City's visit on Saturday.

"I thought it went well," he said, discussing his return to the first-team. "I was tired towards the end, but that's normal I think. We've had a few days off in the international break, we've done some good work and the squad is strong here at Palace."

Martin Kelly's full post-Manchester City video interview is available to watch now for free at

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