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McArthur Disappointed In Defeat

14 December 2016

James McArthur hailed Palace's spirit to fight back into the game against Manchester United, but was ultimately left disappointed with the failure to take anything from the game.

"The spirit to get back into the game is unbelievable, we've done it so many times this year, but it's frustrating that we couldn't hold out," he told Palace TV after the game.

"I've not seen it back, but I'm led to believe there was an offside," he said of United's first goal. "The luck that we're getting right now, it just seems that every mistake we do or decision that goes against us is costing us. But the spirit to get back into the game is brilliant. We'll get ready for the next match."

Wayne Hennessey's performance was a positive for the Eagles, making four excellent saves to keep United at bay, and McArthur felt that it would be good for the Welshman's confidence.

"Brilliant. It'll be a real confidence booster for him because he's conceded goals but not many of them have been his fault, which isn't nice," he said. "It'll be a real confidence boost for him to have played so well tonight.

"We need to make sure we're ready for Chelsea because we know the quality they have. We need to frustrate them and keep trying to score because that's a real positive of our team this year."

McArthur scored his fifth goal of the campaign to level the scores against the Red Devils, clinically tucking away a superb backheeled pass from Damien Delaney, but it wasn't enough to see the Eagles take a point.

"It was a great ball. Great vision to slide me through, it was actually perfect because I didn't need to take a touch. Great vision from him," he said.

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