Goals in either half of the match from Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi meant the Eagles took nothing from their visit to north London and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey reflected that the home side made it difficult for the visitors to make an influence on the game.
“We came in at half time disappointed but it was obviously a wonder goal that gave them the lead but we were in the game although going behind set us back. The second half they came out strong and made it difficult for us to get back in the game.”
The Wales international was on the receiving end of an excellent team goal and great strike from Giroud on seventeen minutes and the 29 year old gave the Palace perspective on the opening goal of the afternoon.
“There seems to be a lot of wonder goals recently but with this one he has extended his leg, flicked it and he beats me as it goes in off the crossbar. I haven’t seen it again but I will watch it and even before doing that I know it was a fantastic strike for him but obviously disappointing from our point of view”
Tuesday’s game against Swansea is next on the agenda as the Eagles festive programme of fixtures come to a close and it is one that both sides will be looking for maximum points in as the second half of the season gets underway.
“These are type of games that we need to be winning as they are coming to our place so we need to be getting three points out of that one and we can then start looking at climbing up the table.” Hennessey said after the first defeat for Sam Allardyce as Palace boss.
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