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Tomkins Takes Positives From Defeat

19 November 2016

James Tomkins was disappointed with Palace's home defeat to Manchester City, but felt there were positives to be taken from the performance.

"I think it's just a matter of seeing it out and taking the point. It didn't quite happen for us today," he told Palace TV after the game, which saw the Eagles fall to two Yaya Toure goals either side of a Connor Wickham equaliser.

"We had 10 to 15 minutes or so on the clock to see the game out and take the point, but unfortunately that didn't quite happen today. They kept on going and they pushed us right to the end, but I thought we matched them for long periods today.

"They change their movement a lot and it's not just Aguero, they've also got De Bruyne and Sterling running in behind. They keep changing the players and that's where they're good, rotating the players and changing the system. We had to be on our toes and we dealt with them well for long periods. They didn't really have many efforts on goal."

Tomkins started the clash in central defence alongside skipper Scott Dann and he felt that the more the two play together the stronger the Palace backline will begin to look.

"I think we looked a lot more solid at times than we have in other games," he said. "Hopefully it's just a case of me learning - partnership-wise - because I've only played with Scotty once or twice. It's just a case of playing games and getting used to the other players.

"Against quality players, if you make mistakes, they punish you. You have to deal with that when you play against teams like Man City. They rotated the side a lot today and went for more physical players, which we were half-expecting, but they're still a great team. They have massive squad depth and, like I said, we matched them for long periods. We were unfortunate a little bit today.

"We can take a lot [of positives] from it. For 75-80 minutes we matched them and could have even drawn with Punch having that effort at the end, so we can take a lot from it. It's a massive game next week.

"On the back of three wins we've now lost five and that doesn't look good on paper, but I feel like we're getting our team back together and looking a lot more solid."

Another positive was Wickham, who again came from the bench to thump Palace back into points contention, as he had done at Burnley last time out. However the 23-year-old's powerful equaliser wasn't enough to salvage anything for the Eagles.

"He's shown that he's a handful," said Tomkins. "He's a strong lad and he did a good job for us today, obviously he got the goal but we couldn't make that count. We couldn't take the point and that's disappointing."

To watch a video interview with Tomkins, as well as the manager and the post-match press conference, CLICK HERE.

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