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Kelly Gutted After Late Goal Sends Palace To Defeat

31 March 2018

Martin Kelly felt that the side had done enough to take something from Saturday's game against Liverpool but had to rue the chances that fell to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salahas as Palace fell to a home defeat.

“It was gutting after we worked our socks off to try and keep them at bay and we did that for the majority, keeping the front three quiet and it was just the two good crosses that they had and took their chances.” Said the former Reds defender.  

With thirty minutes of the match remaining Mane, who had already been booked for diving, grabbed the ball appealing for a free-kick during a battle with Yohan Cabaye, but was not shown a second yellow card despite Swarbrick giving Palace a free kick for the offence.

Kelly felt it was an incident that could have seen the visitors reduced in numbers.

“I think anyone else on the pitch is given a yellow for that but it is what it is and we got the free kick but in different circumstances it’s a second yellow.”

It was another defeat for Palace late on in a game after they had suffered similar in recent home matches against Spurs and Manchester United but Kelly knows now that the focus must be on picking up enough points in the final six games.  

“I think all we can do is take encouragement when playing these top sides as we created enough chances to win the game so it’s so frustrating to lose it from being in a winning position. We now have six remaining games and we know we need to give the performances that we are giving and be as solid as we can as a unit and take each game as it comes and get the three points each match."

For more post-match reaction, head to Palace TV on the club’s official app.

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