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McArthur Assesses The Win At Boro

10 September 2016

James McArthur was honest in his assessment of the Eagles' 2-1 win away to Middlesbrough, admitting that it was hard going but he was pleased to see Palace hang on for their first three points of the 2016-17 campaign.

"It was very hard towards the end we were clinging on, but that's what it takes in this league. [We showed] great resilience, but the first half was very, very good. We played a lot of great football.

"Christian, you see the threat he's got in the box," he added. "I'm very happy with the performance and obviously delighted with the win. 

As well as Benteke, McArthur was complimentary of Wilfried Zaha's performance, with the 23-year-old winger having teed up the striker for Palace's first before scoring the winner himself at the start of the second period.

"He was excellent. He was a threat all the way throughout the game," he said of Zaha. "But not even that, going back, you see the challenge he made was nearly a penalty, if he didn't get there in time it's definitely a penalty or they're through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, so his work off the ball was very good. 

Like Zaha, McArthur was pleased with Palace's style of play. The winger had praised the passing style adopted by the Eagles, which was a feeling shared by the Scotsman.

"I think it had everything - we passed the ball really well at times, we mixed it up with Christian and obviously we had the resilience to hold on and ensure they didn't score another one," he said. "It was a pretty good performance." 

Another plus point regarding Palace's performance was the pressing game adopted when out of possession, something McArthur elaborated on after the game.

"The manager wants that - me and Jason will try to press the opposition as much as we possibly can," he said. "At times you're going to need to sit in and make it hard for teams, but a lot of the game we were on the front foot and it was really enjoyable."

The 28-year-old was also honest in his assessment of his own fitness after a pre-season hampered by injury, admitting: "I'm getting there. Today at the end I was very tired, I just kept kicking the ball away because I was that knackered, but that's what it takes. I'll get my fitness pretty fast."

To watch the video interview with Macca, and ones with Zaha, Benteke and Alan Pardew, CLICK HERE.

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