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Dion-Curtis Henry - 'We Did Enough to Win'

7 January 2019

Crystal Palace Under-23s earned a point by drawing 1-1 with a visiting Cardiff City side today, and one of the more positive aspects of the game was the return of shot-stopper Dion-Curtis Henry.

He spoke following the match, looking back on his first fixture in four months.

He said, "It was a tough one to take, I think they were better off in the first half an hour or 20 minutes. We let them get comfortable, after that we found our feet a bit even if we did go a goal down. We managed to pull it back in the second half and we did enough to win the game. We just didn’t see it through, so I’m a bit disappointed."

Cardiff opened their account for the day with an impressive long-range effort from Quivi Fowler, a shot which flew into the Eagles' netting despite the flying Henry's best efforts.

Looking back on the hit, he said, "To be fair, it was a good goal itself but I think the build-up was a bit scrappy. It was a good finish in the end, but the build-up was not as good as we should be doing."

Off the pitch, it's been a difficult journey for Henry, who has been sidelined of late and kept frustratingly away from featuring for Richard Shaw's side.

He explained what had happened and how his recovery has gone, saying, "It was last season, originally I fractured my shoulder and tore a ligament as well. I got back from that at the end of the season then played the first few games of this season and did the same thing again with my shoulder, so I’ve spent the last four months out injured.

"Luckily, the rehab has worked this time, I got another scan done and I’m all healed up. I’m good to be back playing again."

And finally, when asked how far he feels the Development side can go this season, Henry issued a bold statement of intent.

"We did it last year, finish champions of the league. Obviously we’re third at the moment, but I think we can push on and win the league, we’ve got a good group of lads, very talented, it’s just the work ethic. If we can get that going again, there’s no reason we can’t win the league; we’re not far off it."

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