Ruben Loftus Cheek made his first start since being out with an ankle injury for a length of time that no footballer wants to be missing from action but after the draw at Bournemouth he was a disappointed figure that he was not able to celebrate his return with a victory.
“We are all frustrated really as it feels like a defeat. I thought we did really well in spells of the game and they didn’t really cause too many problems so to come away with only a draw feels like a loss so we are going to have to pick ourselves up and go again.
“We can’t really complain too much because we had chances and if we put them away the contest is dead and we can shut up shop but that’s it, if you don’t take them then the opposition have always got a chance to get back in the game."
Luka Milivojevic set Palace on their way two minutes after the break with an excellent free kick and that was followed up with a well taken solo goal from Wilfried Zaha and left Loftus-Cheek admiring both strikes.
“They were top quality, as soon as it left Luka's foot I had a feeling it was going in the top corner and Wilf’s goal, there could have been a deflection but he tells me he caught that sweet !.
“Two quality goals but unfortunately another late one against which is reoccurring at the moment which could be a lack of concentration from the boys which we need to get right but we know we still have a few games left to get as many points as possible."
His injury lay off is something that the 22 year old is pleased to see behind him and was pleased to be able to get this first 90 minutes under his belt on his return.
“I am buzzing about that after a long while out and it was tough mentally for me but I really enjoyed being back out on the pitch and even though it was a tough 90 minutes it’s great to be back.
“It was an injury that I didn’t think was too bad until I got a few scans and knew I chipped a bone in my ankle which was devasting for me as I was doing so well for Palace and getting the England chance but that’s football and it’s about mental strength so I will forget that and get on with what’s ahead.”
After the late disappointment in the game the squad now get back on the training ground and prepare for next Saturday’s visit of The Seagulls in south London.
“Next week is so important for the fans and for us to get three points so we really want to win that game and get up the table because none of us want to lose against Brighton at Selhurst so we will prepare for that this week by working our socks off."
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