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Millen: Second Half Cost Us

30 April 2016


Keith Millen was left frustrated by Palace's defeat to Newcastle United, insisting the Eagles started the game as the better side and should probably have got something from the game at St James' Park.

Palace had started brightly and threatened to break the deadlock a couple of times in the opening 45 minutes, but an Andros Townsend free kick with 20 minutes to spare was enough to secure the win for the home side.

Yohan Cabaye had a penalty saved by the Magpies' Karl Darlow, with Palace already a goal down at the time, but Millen had no qualms with the midfielder's decision to step up to the spot.

"Yo's one of our penalty takers and he's very good at it," said Millen. "It wasn't a concern Yo taking it, definitely not. He was up to take it and that's all you can ask of the player. It was a good save, but I don't think the game swung necessarily on that.

"The second half - they started better than us in. In the first half we had a game plan and I thought we executed it really well. We should have really come in 1-0 up at half time, I think that would have been a fair result.

"In the second half, we'll give them credit, they stepped up, they upped the tempo and the crowd got behind them. We kept the crowd quite quiet in the first half, but then we came away from out game plan."

Watch Keith's full post-match press conference for free HERE.

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