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David Boateng - We Need to Start Stronger

13 November 2018

Crystal Palace Under-23s midfielder David Boateng reflected on yesterday's 4-1 victory over Colchester United, his side having been level at 1-1 starting the second-half.

Playing out-of-position in a makeshift defence, Boateng was pleased the Eagles kept a solid back-line but suggested they must start their next game against league-leaders Ipswich Town stronger.

"We did well today, we dug in," he said. "We didn't start well but we ended up winning 4-1. Next week we need to do better, or we're going to get punished early.

"If we start like that next week, we're going to get punished because Ipswich are a very good side. We need to start well from the first whistle to the end.

"It was a tight one because we didn't have any defenders today. Ollie [O'Dwyer] got injured, Nik [Tavares] is on international duty, [Sam] Woods is injured. Everyone had to do a job. Tyrick [Mitchell] did well today, Joe [Hungbo] did well. It's just good that we only conceded once."

Turning his attention to goalscorer and captain Kian Flanagan, Boateng remarked, "He has done very well this season. He's leading, commanding. I'm trying to watch him because I'm a midfielder, I try to see what he's good at so I can try and be like him."

Having now won two consecutive matches, and being unbeaten in three, Palace are second in the table, just two points off first.

Boateng finished with a look forward to the next game, saying, "If we beat Ipswich next week, we'll be on top of the league. So hopefully we can do that."

The match between first and second will take place away in Ipswich on Monday 19th November and will kick-off at 13.00 GMT.

For the full interview with Boateng and all the other post-match reaction including full match highlights, head over to Palace TV now. Or, if you're reading in the app, click 'Palace TV'.

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