Luka Milivojevic reflected on the main talking point from the afternoon’s action as Wilfried Zaha went down after a second half challenge by Adrian Mariappa but any penalty appeals were waved away and referee Chris Kavanagh showed the Eagles winger a yellow card rather than the captain having an opportunity to break the deadlock.
Milivojevic believed he should have been given the chance to step up to add to his goal tally but accepts only one man makes the call in the thick of the action.
“From my point of view that was a penalty but the referee is the main guy and he is responsible for decisions and he decided not to give it and we have to respect that.” said the Eagles midfielder as he also revealed how the performance was turned around at half-time.
“We had a big discussion at half time to be honest as we knew they had been much better than us in the first half but we didn’t want to change our style of football but only our performance and worked on our game plan and had a much better second half.“
Palace moved six points clear of the relegation zone but it could have been more in an improved second half performance and were denied by the woodwork twice, James Tomkins heading against a post and the 27 year old Serbian saw a free kick strike the crossbar.
“When you look at the game over 90 minutes it is a good point. The first half they should score a few goals because they started much better than us in the match but the second half we changed things, had three or four very good chances and should have scored. In the end both teams deserved the point.
“This is a good point away and now we have three games left until the end, with two of those at home and I think we can have a good run and look forward to the next few matches."
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