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Kelly: We Have No Excuses

6 May 2017

Martin Kelly spoke on behalf of a dispondent dressing room as the side reflected on a bad day on their travels with Manchester City completing a comprehensive victory in Palace's penultimate away game of the season.

With the game getting off to the worst possible start as City scored their quickest goal in a Premier League match this season, which set the tone for a disappointing afternoon in the Palace camp. 

"Conceding the early goal like we did didn’t help and Manchester City were on their game today. We changed from the formation we started with at the back and reverted to a four but overall it has been a difficult day for us all and at the end of the game it was a very disappointed group in the changing room.

"We were trying to put out a squad with the players we had available due to the injuries we have at the moment but it was always going to be difficult against a side playing as well as City and who were in such fine form in this match."

Following Saturday's results the side have a four point advantage over next Sunday's opponents, Hull City, and they will be looking to get their Premier League status for next season confirmed in that game and the 27 year-old takes this result as a harsh lesson and now moves onto that game against The Tigers in front of a sell-out Selhurst crowd. 

"We can have no excuses when conceding that many and football can be cruel to you sometimes but this result leaves us all fully focussed on the week ahead.

"We have two more games left but looking back over recent matches we have got points where people would have written us off and then we have dropped points in games where we should have got something. Now we need to dust ourselves down and go at it again next Sunday with our own fans right behind us so we need to stand up and do our best."

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