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Wickham Reflects On City Defeat

17 January 2016

Striker Connor Wickham made his first start back from injury, having appeared as a second half substitute against Aston Villa during the week. He was pleased to return to first team action and felt Palace started wel at the Etihad, but ended up 'beating themselves' against Manchester City.

"We did [start well], we created the first chance," he said after the game, referring to the stunning cross he played into Damien Delaney early on, only for the centre-back to see his header saved by Joe Hart. 

"We had our first clear chance in the first 5-10 minutes and then we kind of beat ourselves - we created their goals. But we can take positives from the game for sure and it's a big game next week [versus Tottenham Hotspur], so it'll be a good one to bounce back."

As Palace pressed for a way back into the game, they left openings for City to hit on the counter, which was highlighted by the home side's fourth goal, as Sergio Aguero and David Silva took on last man Joel Ward on the counter before the Spaniard fired the ball past Wayne Hennessey.

"You're playing City away," said Wickham. "They're going to pass the ball around and they're going to break you down at times, they can break the best teams in the world down."

You can watch a full video interview with Wickham, in which he also discusses his recovery and the work he's putting in during training, for free HERE.

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