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Townsend Reflects On Disappointing Defeat

21 October 2017

Andros Townsend spoke on behalf of a dressing room after they suffered a cruel defeat following Newcastle United's winning goal with just four minutes of the match remaining.

A Mikel Merino header was the difference between the sides after Palace had enjoyed long spells of possession in the game but the visitors were left disappointed to leave with nothing from their visit to the north east.

“Obviously the dressing room is very disappointed to lose the game as we came with a game plan which worked to a tee but to get undone by a set piece is difficult to take. We now have to dust ourselves down and move on,” said Townsend as he had to reflect on an afternoon where Roy Hodgson’s side calm so close to picking up an away point.

As in last week’s victory against Chelsea, Palace were involved in the game that included a deflected goal but this time round it was one that was to prove costly. The winning goal went onto Merino’s head off James McArthur from a corner but Townsend knows that it’s part of the game and the side have to take those moments when they go against you.

“You get some for and against you in a season where deflections play their part and we had one last week which went our way with our opening goal. We can’t complain but as you look across the whole game I would say neither side deserved to win this one with there not being many clear cut chances so the game deserved a draw but we need to defend until the end of the match but unfortunately we didn’t today.“

Even though the side couldn’t build on the three points they claimed seven days ago the winger does believe that it’s another day where positives can be takenfrom the afternoon’s work.

“We had a fantastic result last weekend and then in this game came away from home against a good side that are set up really well but we almost got a point out of this one. We are moving in the right direction and unfortunately today wasn’t our day."

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