Following Crystal Palace Under-23s' 3-0 triumph over Sheffield United this afternoon, Eagles manager Richard Shaw has praised his squad, particularly paying tribute to James Daly and Luke Dreher, who both started their first Palace match in months.
The Eagles eased to victory over the Blades on a sunny afternoon at Selhurst Park and were clearly aided by the presence of Daly and Dreher, with the former netting twice.
But the Eagles haven't had it easy against northern sides of late, losing to both Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers in recent weeks.
Shaw noticed the issue, and remarked: "We've always had issues with Sheffield United in the past, these northern teams work really hard. They've got a bit of grit about them but our boys stood up to the test and I think we were deserved winners today."
U23s Report: James Daly leads Crystal Palace to win over Sheffield United at Selhurst Park25 March 2019
But perhaps it was Daly's goals and Dreher's composure in midfield which helped them most notably to three points and the efforts of the pair did not go unnoticed, with Palace's U23 manager saying: "I thought they were excellent and in a way they're what we've missed [over] the last couple of months.
"James had been out on loan and Luke's had injuries for most of the season and just to have his presence back there in that area was a real benefit to us. Same with James. Rob [Street]'s done terrifically well up there the last couple of months but he's only 16, he's still learning his game and to have someone like James up there with a bit more experience, running the channels, [being] a bit more physical was obviously of great help.
"I'm really pleased for his two goals, I thought his second goal was excellent. And the first goal really pleased me because James got 12 from nine last year and that was another tap-in. People look at goals and think you've got to score from 35 yards but no, no, no. Gary Lineker made a living out of it and if James can score 20 goals a year from one yard out, he'll be brilliant."
Speaking with Palace TV, Shaw also spoke about the benefits of training with the first team, Sam Woods and managing the Eagles' goal difference.
To watch his full interview, head over to Palace TV now either by clicking here or by clicking 'Palace TV' on your app.