“I felt we were at it in the first-half,” he told Palace TV after the game. “In the second-half they took control of the game and we found that difficult. We had a late flurry at the end of the game but we just couldn’t get back into it.
James McArthur says Palace’s failure to put pressure on Jorginho in the second-half allowed Chelsea to emerge victorious from the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
“We thought that the previous games, they hurt us a lot and those areas we tried to change. We nullified them, especially in the first-half. In the second-half, we didn’t get enough pressure on Jorginho especially and they dictated play.”
McArthur reserved special praise for the supporters, who could be heard even at 2-0 down at Wembley, and says the task is now to finish the season strongly.
“I must say a big credit to the fans,” he said. “Sitting on the bench at the end, we’re 2-0 down and we’ve lost the game, and to see them give us that support, they were a real credit to the football club.
“We need to finish [the season] well. Obviously this is a real disappointment but we need to go again against Newcastle and try to get as high up in the table as we can.”