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Townsend: Point's Better Than Nothing

15 April 2017

Andros Townsend was pleased with a point against Leicester City, but felt that on another day it could have been three for the Eagles.

Palace went 2-0 down to the Premier League champions through an early Robert Huth header and a second half goal from Jamie Vardy on the counter attack, but showed great spirit to claw back the deficit and win a point.

"The manager's got a motto: if you can't win the game then make sure you don't lose it." Townsend told Palace TV after the game. "We made it difficult for ourselves but in the end we picked up the point, that's one point further away from the drop zone and at the end of the day I think it's a good point for us."

Both Palace and Leicester are two of the top flight's form teams following slow starts to the 2016-17 season and Townsend felt that made it an even tougher afternoon.

"They've got their confidence back, they get their runners in behind and they're a handful," he said. "They got one of their goals from a typical Leicester counter attack and it was difficult to defend against. We dug in, we showed resilience and the right attitude, which we haven't always this season. We dug it out and got a deserved point, it could have been three points on another day."

Townsend had sustained a slight injury in Monday's win over Arsenal, making him a doubt for the visit of the Foxes, but he played the full 90 minutes and worked tirelessly for the cause, earning him the praise of the fans in the stands.

"It was just a heel problem," he said. "I still felt it a little bit, but your adrenaline's going and you just forget about it and end up running it off!"

For more post-match reaction CLICK HERE.

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