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Delaney: Performances Are Coming Back

23 January 2016

Damien Delaney believes that his side are performing well despite Crystal Palace’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Eagles were left ruing a missed opportunity to bring some much needed belief back into the team, and having gone so close to restoring the lead with the score level at 1-1, the hosts then conceded two late goals which ended any hope of a dramatic comeback.

Delaney marshalled the backline in the opening period as Spurs dominated possession, and the defender admitted there was a sense of relief when Palace's goal went in – albeit it being scored by one of the Tottenham players.

“You could feel the stadium erupt when we scored, but unfortunately we weren’t able to hang on to the lead," he said. 

"We have to look at today objectively though, I didn’t think the performance was too bad. It was an improvement on how we have been playing, how we did against Man City in the last game, so the performances seem to be coming back, we just need to start winning games of football again.”

The home team worked tirelessly to defend against a Spurs side full of confidence, and Delaney could have brought Palace level with the team trailing 2-1, only to see his rebounded effort blocked by some last-ditched Spurs defending. 

With another Palace attack ending in Scott Dann and Mile Jedinak both hitting the woodwork, fans can be buoyed by the players' attitude and their attempts to force an equaliser.
“We created a few chances which maybe we weren’t doing previously and we seem to be getting back to ourselves which is a big positive we can take from the game," the skipper said. 

"I know the fans might not be feeling positive, but it’s our job to come back from this. There’s no point feeling sorry for ourselves, we’ve got to stay resilient and Monday morning we’ll go again.”

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