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Millen Happy With Vancouver Display

19 July 2016

Having seen his side draw 2-2 against Vancouver Whitecaps in the final game of Palace's pre-season tour, assistant manager Keith Millen was happy that his players all got a run out and put on a show for the fans in attendance.

Fraizer Campbell struck twice for the Eagles to overcome a one goal deficit, and despite conceding an equaliser Millen was happy with the application of his players after three games in just six days.

"We really enjoyed the game," he said in the post-match press conference. "We weren't happy with some of the goals we conceded but for the fans I was pleased that there were some goals in the game. It became very end-to-end but that happens when you make a lot of substitutions.

"Our fitness levels have improved but our match levels are what we're looking at now. Some of our players got 90 minutes today for the first time and everyone got some minutes so we're in a good place.

"We've really enjoyed being in the city and hospitality - we've been treated well and so I'm glad we put a spectacle on for the fans tonight."

Alan Pardew opted to try out a 3-5-2 formation in the game which is slowly becoming en vogue in European football, and Millen believes that the experiment went well despite two goals going into Julian Speroni's net.

"We tried a different shape to experiment and we only had two days to do that, so we knew it wouldn't be perfect," he added. "But there were some pleasing aspects from our point of view and there's some stuff that we know we have to work on and get better at.

"If you look at the Euros this summer teams like Italy and Wales were playing that and we feel that in the Premier League this year some teams might adopt that style so we felt we needed to know that if we go to that shape that we know how to play it. 

"It's always good to be flexible in what you try to achieve, but whether we continue with it in the season it remains to be seen."

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