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Dreher On Leeds, Puncheon And His Position

22 March 2016

Luke Dreher felt 0-0 was a fair result when Palace's development side met Leeds United's under-21s at Selhurst Park on Tuesday afternoon.

The central midfielder looked bright during the draw in sunny SE25, but with both sides having good opportunities to break the deadlock, he had to concede that a draw was probably fair.

"It was tough. They were physical so it was a real battle, but I thought the lads played quite well," he reflected. "We kept the ball, we were composed on the ball and we had a few chances but didn't take them.

"They got on top of us a bit second half, but we rode their attacks and we could've nicked it at the end but 0-0 is probably a fair result."

The 17-year-old was playing alongside familiar faces Hiram Boateng and Jason Puncheon in central midfield and Dreher was full of praise for the Eagles' number 42, who was making his return from several weeks out injured.

"It was really good," Dreher said of playing with Puncheon. "He helps you through the game. He's always talking to you and obviously he's got all sorts of experience so what he's saying you do it! He knows the game inside out. He helped me throughout the whole game, so it was good to have him alongside me.

"He's really good with the young boys," he added. "He can put his arm around you and he's always helping us, sharing his experiences and just helping us on."

Dreher has had a remarkable rise through the ranks at Palace, considering he was playing for the under-16s last season and no regularly starts five age bands above that, whilst also training with Alan Pardew's first team.

Asked for some insight in to the type of player he feels he is, the central midfielder said: "I can play defensively or more box-to-box. I like to get on the ball and to start up play, I also like to get forward into the box and get the occasional goal. I can do my defensive duties as well, like breaking up the play."

To watch a full video interview with Luke for free, in which he also discusses Alan Pardew, training with the senior side and his hopes for next season, CLICK HERE.

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