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James McArthur - We Can Bounce Back Against The Odds

24 October 2018

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur reflected on Sunday’s loss to Everton, insisting that the club can recover their form and bounce back during some testing upcoming fixtures.

He said, “When we went 1-0 down we obviously needed to be a bit more solid and then [we] conceded a goal too easily, but that’s football and we need to bounce back with some hard games coming up now.

“Obviously goals change games but we win and lose as a team and that’s how we are and today is no different. He [Jordan Pickford] is obviously a very good goalkeeper and made a good save, but we are disappointed that we have conceded two goals in the match to lose 2-0.”

McArthur also took some positives from Palace’s recent games, feeling that the team as a whole has grown stronger and that it is in a better position than the previous season.

“We are not comparing against last season as we feel we are a lot better team now and the manager has got us playing in a better way. We look more solid than last year, even though we have conceded some late goals and know that the players we have in our changing room we should be doing better.

“We know we have some tough games coming up but sometimes we bounce back when no one expects us to so hopefully we can do that in the coming weeks.”

Palace take on Arsenal this Sunday before Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the following three match weeks. The Eagles have notched up victories against all four clubs but Manchester United in their previous five fixtures facing them.

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